A psychometric study of patients with nail dystrophies

Murad Alam, Meena Moossavi, Iona Ginsburg, Richard K. Scher

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Background: Survey studies suggest that patients with various dermatologic conditions experience concomitant psychologic distress. Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine which types of psychologic distress may be correlated with dystrophic disease of the nail in nonpsychiatric patients. Methods: Fifty-seven adult subjects presenting for treatment of nail dystrophies completed a survey instrument, which included 5 psychometric measures. Results: On average, patients rated the severity of their nail dystrophy and functional deficit higher (7.40/10 and 6.00, respectively) than investigators (6.15 and 3.75, respectively). Compared with age- and sex-matched nonpsychiatric patients, subjects in the study were moderately more anxious and minimally to mildly more depressed. Subjects had moderately depressed total self-concept, but their body image was approximately normal. Overall, subjects exhibited markedly more severe psychologic symptoms (84th percentile) than the normal sample, with the scores on the psychoticism, obsessive-compulsive, and paranoid ideation subscales being the most elevated. Conclusion: The subjects with nail dystrophy had markedly exacerbated psychologic symptoms compared with age- and sex-matched nonpsychiatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)851-856
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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