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NCT06397664 | RECRUITING | Psychological

The Impact of Chronic Adolescent Skin Conditions on Sexual Health

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Information provided by (Responsible Party):

Tess Mcpherson

Brief Summary:

Background: Skin conditions are common in young people and are known to adversely affect emotional well-being and quality of life in a range of ways, including negative impact on intimate relationships. However, despite its importance, it has been shown that dermatology consultations rarely address issues like genital skin involvement or sexual dysfunction. Furthermore, there is currently very little data on the scale of the problem, risk factors, psychological impact of skin on sexual function or understanding of the most appropriate ways to manage it in this age group. Research aims: The Dermatology department at Oxford University Hospitals National Health Service Trust (Oxford, United Kingdom) have already set up an award-winning specialist dermatology service for young people with embedded psychological support. This study further explores how services can be improved by evaluating the impact of chronic skin conditions on quality of life and sexual dysfunction in adolescents. By identifying the associated risk factors, recommendations can be made to effectively meet the physical and mental health needs of adolescents. Design and methods: The study will gain perspectives from follow-up patients aged 17 - 25 years seen by the Dermatology departments in Oxford University Hospitals National Health Service Trust (Oxford, United Kingdom). They will complete an online anonymous survey to share how their skin condition affects their quality of life, including sex and intimacy, and how services can be improved to meet their needs. In-depth interviews will then be conducted in those who volunteer, to better understand the nuances of unmet needs. Participation is voluntary. Dissemination: Results of the research will be disseminated by national and international conferences, publications in academic dermatology journals and collaborations with other NHS departments. Improvements will be made to the local adolescent dermatology service as a result and shared via local meetings and posters.

Condition or disease


Sexual Dysfunction

Adolescent Development

Interaction, Social

Dermatologic Disease

Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Official Title : A Quantitative and Qualitative Study on the Impact of Chronic Adolescent Skin Conditions on Sexual Health
Actual Study Start Date : 2024-04-29
Estimated Primary Completion Date : 2024-10-31
Estimated Study Completion Date : 2024-12-30

Information not available for Arms and Intervention/treatment

Ages Eligible for Study: 17 Years to 25 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: ALL
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Inclusion Criteria
  • * The participant is willing and able to give informed consent for participation in the study.
  • * Male or Female, aged 17-25 (inclusive).
  • * Diagnosed with a long-term skin condition and seen as a follow-up patient in the clinic.
  • * Recruited from Paediatric/Adolescent, General and Acne clinics under the Oxford University Hospitals National Health Service Trust Dermatology Department.
  • * Fluent in English (reading and writing).
Exclusion Criteria
  • * No informed consent was given to participate in the study or use the data for research purposes.
  • * No capacity to make an informed decision to consent.

The Impact of Chronic Adolescent Skin Conditions on Sexual Health

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United Kingdom,

Churchill Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Oxford, United Kingdom, Cough solution