Impact of Atopic Dermatitis on Patients and their Partners


  • Laurent Misery Department of Dermatology, Brest University Hospital, Brest, France
  • Julien Seneschal Department of Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology, National Reference Center for Rare Skin disorders, Hospital Saint-André, Bordeaux, France.
  • Florence Corgibet Dermatologist, private practice, Dijon, France
  • Bruno Halioua Dermatologist, private practice, Paris, France
  • Adrien Marquié Data anlayst, Paris, France
  • Stéphanie Merhand Association Francaise de l’Eczema
  • Gaelle Le Fur Sociologist, Paris, France
  • Delphine Staumont -Salle Department of Dermatology, Lille University Hospital, Lille, France
  • Christina Bergqvist Department of dermatology, Hôpital Henri Mondor, APHP, Creteil, France
  • Charles Taieb Patient Priority Department, European Market Maintenance Assessment, FR-94120 Fontenay sous Bois, France
  • Khaled Ezzedine EA 7379 EpidermE, Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), Créteil, France
  • Marie-Aleth Richard Department of dermatology, Aix-Marseille University, La Timone university hospital, Marseille, France, CEReSS-EA 3279, health services and quality of life research centre, Aix Marseille University, dermatology department, La Timone university hospital APHM, 13385, Marseille, France.



atopic dermatitis, partners, burden, quality-of-life, sleep


Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, relapsing and inflammatory skin disease. The impact of atopic dermatitis on the partners living with patients has been poorly investigated. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of atopic dermatitis in the daily lives of adult patients and to assess the burden of the disease on their partners. A population-based study was conducted on a representative sample of the general population of French adults aged 18 years of age using stratified, proportional sampling with a replacement design. Data were collected on 1,266 atopic dermatitis patient-partner dyads (mean age of patients 41.6 years, 723 (57.1%) women). The mean age of partners was 41.8 years. Patient burden, measured by the Atopic Dermatitis Burden Scale for Adults (ABS-A) score, was closely related to the objective atopic dermatitis severity: the mean score in the mild group (29.5) was significantly lower than in the moderate (43.9) and severe groups (48.6) (p < 0.0001). Partner burden, measured by the EczemaPartner score, was highly related to atopic dermatitis severity (p < 0.0001). Daytime sleepiness, measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, showed a mean score of 9.24 in patients and 9.01 in their partners, indicating impaired sleep. Atopic dermatitis was found to decrease sexual desire in 39% and 26% of partners and patients respectively.


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Misery, L., Seneschal, J., Corgibet, F., Halioua, B., Marquié, A., Merhand, S., Le Fur, G., Staumont -Salle, D., Bergqvist, C., Taieb, C., Ezzedine, K., & Richard, M.-A. (2023). Impact of Atopic Dermatitis on Patients and their Partners. Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 103, adv5285.





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