Workplace Interactions for Rosacea Patients

Rosacea patients may experience staring and other inappropriate responses from coworkers, according to a new study from the National Rosacea Society. However, proper therapy can alleviate these responses.



A new survey from the National Rosacea Society of 794 rosacea patients revealed that the majority of respondents indicated the disease had affected interactions with others in the workplace. More than 82% of respondents said they would notice people staring when they were experiencing a flare-up, and nearly 54% reported hearing rude or inappropriate comments about their facial appearance. More than 66% of the survey respondents said rosacea had negatively impacted interactions with customers or coworkers. Twenty-nine percent of patients with mild symptoms and 43% of those with severe symptoms reported they had missed work because of the condition.

Although rosacea may impact workplace interactions, 76.5% of respondents did not feel their appearance had cost them a promotion or new responsibilities, and 77.5% indicated that it had not kept them from landing a new job. Most respondents indicated that workplace problems were resolved when medical therapy was started, with nearly 67% reporting that effective treatment had improved their interactions with others at work.

In a January 2015 Cutis article, “The Rosacea Patient Journey: A Novel Approach to Conceptualizing Patient Experiences,” Kuo and colleagues discussed how patients can be educated to prepare for the rosacea patient experience. “Rosacea patients are faced with confusing and aggravating symptoms that can cause anxiety and may lead them to seek treatment from a physician,” the authors said. Rosacea can be a socially stigmatizing disease because the facial flushing and phymatous changes may be mistaken for alcohol abuse. It can also disrupt social and professional interactions, leading to quality-of-life effects such as difficulty functioning on a day-to-day basis.

Because there is no cure for rosacea, the patient and dermatologist must work together to devise a treatment plan that will help control the symptoms of rosacea. “Ultimately, with the alleviation of visible symptoms, the patient’s quality of life also can improve,” Kuo and colleagues reported. “Better understanding of the rosacea patient perspective can lead to a more efficient health care system, improved patient care, and better patient satisfaction.”

Share a copy of the Cutis rosacea patient journey guide with your patients today.

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