HAPPen – Illness perception, disease severity and psychosocial adaptation in Romanian patients with psoriasis 2012-2013

Psoriasis is one of the most challenging chronic skin disorders and it is accompanied by high levels of psychosocial distress. In order for mental health prevention, early-detection and intervention programs to be designed, this research project was focused on measuring illness perception, psychosocial adaptation and mental and physical health in Romanian patients diagnosed with psoriasis.

The total study duration was 12 months and the study used a mixed methods approach. In the quantitative phase, patients (n=88) from three dermatology clinics in Mureș county were enrolled in the study. They completed a self-report questionnaire and underwent a physical examination. As part of the qualitative phase, telephone interviews were conducted.

Specific objectives
-quantitatively asses patients’ illness perception and processes of psychosocial adaptation
-quantitatively asses patients’ perception of treatment, causes and consequences of the disease, perceived and experienced levels of stigmatization and coping strategies

CoordinatorUniversity of Medicine and Pharmacy Târgu Mureș
PartnerCenter for Health Policy and Public Health
FunderUniversity of Iowa-Fogarty International Centre
Total Budget: 5000 USD

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