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Cosmetic camouflage improves quality of life among patients with skin disfigurement: A systematic review


Kornhaber, R and Visentin, D and Thapa, DK and West, S and McKittrick, A and Haik, J and Cleary, M, Cosmetic camouflage improves quality of life among patients with skin disfigurement: A systematic review, Body Image, 27 pp. 98-108. ISSN 1740-1445 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.004


This study systematically reviewed the impact of cosmetic camouflage use on different psychosocial outcomes in patients with disfiguring skin disorders. Electronic databases and reference lists were searched in February 2018 for studies reporting the impact of cosmetic camouflage on different quality of life (QoL) outcomes. Eighteen studies met the inclusion criteria: six randomized controlled trials, two quasiexperimental studies, nine single group ‘before and after’ interventions, and one comparative study with single post-intervention measurement. Quality appraisal of included studies was undertaken using the Joanna Briggs critical appraisal tools. While the studies varied in design, those included in this review indicated significant improvement in QoL after the use of cosmetic camouflage. The mean reduction in Dermatological Life Quality Index scores ranged from 1.4 to 6.4 signifying improvement in QoL of participants after treatment with cosmetic camouflage. Cosmetic camouflage can be an effective therapy in improving QoL among patients with skin disfigurement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:camouflage, cosmetic, quality of life, psychosocial appearance, systematic review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
UTAS Author:Thapa, DK (Mr Deependra Thapa)
UTAS Author:West, S (Dr Sancia West)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:128231
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-09-11
Last Modified:2018-11-29

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