Korean J Fam Pract 2020; 10(6): 431-435  https://doi.org/10.21215/kjfp.2020.10.6.431
Factors Affecting the Improvement of Adult Atopic Dermatitis in Their 20s and 30s: The Seventh Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2016–2018
Mina Choi, Min-jeong Kim*, Seok-joong Kim
Department of Family Medicine, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
Min-jeong Kim
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Received: June 29, 2020; Revised: September 25, 2020; Accepted: October 21, 2020; Published online: December 20, 2020.
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Background: Research has reported that atopic dermatitis degrades the quality of life of adults in their 20s and 30s. This study, therefore, explored factors associated with improvement of atopic dermatitis in adults in their 20s and 30s.
Methods: Three hundred and forty-eight adults who had been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis (recovery group, 146; atopic group, 202) in the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2016–2018) were selected for this study. Complex sample descriptive, crosstab, and logistic analyses were used to identify significant factors associated with improvement of atopic dermatitis in adults in terms of sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle, mental health, and physical activity.
Results: Among several sociodemographic characteristics, the significant factors were age, sex, and marital status. When these factors were included as covariates in logistic regression models, adults were more likely to be in the recovery group if they thought positively about their health condition, if their stress recognition was low, and if they had enough sleep time during the week. Furthermore, adults were more likely to be in the recovery group if they were engaged in high- and moderate-intensity activities at work and leisure.
Conclusion: This study showed that positive mental health, sufficient sleep time, and high- and middle-intensity activities are important factors associated with improvement of atopic dermatitis in adults in their 20s and 30s. We expect that these findings will help improve the quality of life in young working adults who suffer from atopic dermatitis.
Keywords: Adult Atopic Dermatitis; Atopic Dermatitis Improvement; Mental Health; Life Style; Physical Activity
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