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Assessing and managing mental health issues in people with chronic skin conditions

Penzer-Hick, R. & Haddad, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-4822-5482 (2021). Assessing and managing mental health issues in people with chronic skin conditions. Nursing Standard, 36(12), pp. 71-76. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11744


Chronic skin conditions, such as atopic eczema and psoriasis, can have significant psychological effects on patients. For example, these conditions can affect an individual’s functioning, and may lead to mental health issues such as depression or anxiety disorders. This article identifies the links between chronic skin conditions and mental health issues, and discusses the nurse’s role in assessing, managing and supporting patients with these comorbidities. It also emphasises the importance of using validated tools and a holistic approach to care, and discusses how to address challenges that patients may experience.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0) (see, which permits others to copy and redistribute in any medium or format, remix, transform and build on this work, even commercially, provided appropriate credit is given and any changes made indicated.
Publisher Keywords: anxiety - depression - dermatology - eczema - mental health - psoriasis - psychosocial - skin - skin conditions - stress
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RL Dermatology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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