Investigating Hand Dermatitis and Related Dermatologic Quality of Life Among Nursing Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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Yüksel Kaçan C., Buran G.

ADVANCES IN SKIN AND WOUND CARE, vol.1, no.1, pp.1-5, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/01.asw.0000822708.00018.95
  • Journal Name: ADVANCES IN SKIN AND WOUND CARE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, PASCAL, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-5
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Abstract

Objective 

To investigate hand dermatitis and related dermatologic quality of life among nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

Methods 

In total, 241 nursing students participated in this cross-sectional descriptive study. The data were collected using a sociodemographic data collection form, Hand Dermatitis Self-assessment form, and the Dermatological Quality-of-Life Scale.

Results 

During their clinical practice during the COVID-19 pandemic period, 41.9% of participants experienced hand dermatitis. Participants with a history of allergies experienced hand dermatitis at higher rates than those with no history of allergies (P < .01). The most frequently reported symptom associated with hand dermatitis was “irritation and itching in the hands” (53.9%). Dermatological Quality-of-Life Scale scores differed significantly among participants who did and did not have hand dermatitis: those who experienced hand dermatitis or symptoms of hand dermatitis reported lower quality of life (P < .01 and P < .05, respectively). Participants’ most frequently reported cause of hand dermatitis was the use of antiseptic agents (44.8%), and their most frequently reported preventive measure was the use of moisturizers (61.8%).

Conclusions 

Nursing students in the COVID-19 pandemic period experienced a high rate of hand dermatitis. Both the presence and symptoms of hand dermatitis were associated with lower dermatologic quality-of-life levels for the nursing students.