Comparison of Quality of Life in Women Suffering from Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Treated with Topical and Systemic Glucantime along with Psychiatric Consultation Compared with the Group without Psychiatric Consultation

Background: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a parasitic disease which is endemic in Iran. Isfahan is one of the main centers of this disease. The aim of this research was to study the effect of psychotherapy on quality of life (QOL) in women with CL treated with glucantime Methods: During this study, 80 patients were randomly allocated into two groups of drug therapy and drug therapy with psychotherapy. QOL was measured by dermatology life quality index (DLQI) and compared at the beginning and at the end of the intervention. Data were analyzed using SPSS software Results: The score of DLQI before and after intervention in the group of drug therapy with psychotherapy was 10.6 ± 5.7 and 7.7 ± 4.6, respectively and their difference was significant in this group (P = 0.001). The score in drug therapy group before and after intervention was 10 ± 5.1 and 11 ± 5.1, respectively which was not a significant difference. The mean difference score of quality of life before and after the treatment in the drug therapy with psychotherapy group was 2.9 ± 5 and in the drug therapy group was 1.4 ± 4.2; therefore, the quality of life was significantly higher in the patients treated with combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy (P < 0.001)
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Conclusion: Given the quality of life improvement by adjunct psychotherapy and drug therapy in women suffering from CL, providing psychiatric consultation for the patients in relevant health units is recommended

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