Data from Psychosomatic Medicine - Curated by EPG Health - Date available 01 January 1994

Original date published

1 January 1994

Pruritus, or itching, is the most common symptom of dermatologic disease. Psychologic factors can affect pruritus, and in an earlier study of inpatients with moderate to severe psoriasis, we observed that the degree of depressive psychopathology directly correlated with pruritus severity. In this study we investigated the relation between pruritus and depression among a group of patients (N = 252) with a wide range of pruritic skin disorders, including outpatients with mild to moderate psoriasis (N = 77), atopic dermatitis (N = 143) and chronic idiopathic urticaria (N = 32). All patients self-rated the severity of their pruritus on a 10-point scale and completed a battery of psychologic ratings, including the Carroll Rating Scale for Depression (CRSD). We observed a direct correlation (Pearson's r = .34, p < .0001) between pruritus severity and the CRSD score. The correlations between pruritus severity and CRSD scores for each individual diagnostic group were as follows: psoriasis: Pearson's r = .32, p = .004; atopic dermatitis: Pearson's r = .21, p = .013; and chronic idiopathic urticaria: Pearson's r = .34, p = .06. When the subjects with pruritus scores less than 5.5 were compared with subjects with pruritus scores greater than 5.5, significant differences (p < .05) in depression scores were found for all three dermatoses by the Mann-Whitney U test. The depressed clinical state may reduce the threshold for pruritus.

Data sources

Read abstract on library site


You will need to login, to leave a comment. is not monitored for collection of adverse event reports. Any adverse events should be reported to your national reporting agency and/or the manufacturer.

Learning Zones

An Learning Zone (LZ) is an area of the site dedicated to providing detailed self-directed medical education about a disease, condition or procedure.

EADV 2018 Highlights

EADV 2018 Highlights

EADV Congress 2018: Bringing you the latest news and insights from 27th EADV Congress, 12-16 September 2018 Paris, France.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis

The Atopic Dermatitis Knowledge Centre is an educational resource, intended for healthcare professionals, that provides credible medical information on the epidemiology, pathophysiology and burden of atopic dermatitis, as well as diagnostic techniques, treatment regimens and guideline recommendations.

Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU)

Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU)

Use our patient case studies to discover how experts diagnose and treat chronic spontaneous urticaria.

+ 7 more

Load more

Related Content