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Quality of Life


Skin diseases can have a major impact on patients' lives in terms of psychological well-being, social functioning and everyday activities. Assessment of patients' quality of life has become an important endpoint in clinical trials in addition to the traditional clinical outcomes. The Department of Dermatology of Cardiff University has played a major role in the development and validation of Quality of Life measures for use in dermatology. The following are the Key Quality of Life measures developed by this team. Click on each for more details, including full text, translations, instructions and references.

» The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI)

» The Children's Dermatology Life Quality Index (CDLQI)

» The Family Dermatology Life Quality Index (FDLQI)

» The Psoriasis Disability Index (PDI)

» The Dermatitis Family Impact Questionnaire (DFI)

» The Infant's Dermatitis Quality of Life Index (IDQOL)

» The Cardiff Acne Disability Index (CADI)

There are over 130 articles by Professor Finlay and colleagues in this area. Click here for Key references or full article references and abstracts list.

This is the official website for the DLQI and all other QoL measures developed by Professor A Y Finlay and colleagues.  Please report any errors or suggestions for improvement to or to

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Cardiff University School of Medicine
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