Determinants of appointment nonattendance among outpatients with hidradenitis suppurativa

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Background: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is associated with several comorbidities and significant impairment of quality of life. Moderate to severe HS patients have often prolonged treatment courses at various hospitals. We investigated various factors that may be related to missed follow-up visits during prolonged treatment courses among HS outpatients. Objectives: To highlight potential predictors for appointment absenteeism among HS patients. Methods: During a 12-month period at a university hospital dermatology outpatient clinic, absenteeism and related factors were obtained for each visit at the hospital. Results: Out of 161 unique follow-up visits during a 12-month period at a university hospital dermatology outpatient clinic, 37 patients (23.0%) were absentees. Patients with non-attendance were more likely to be males (p = 0.02). Patients who were on biologic treatment for HS were less likely to miss appointments (p = 0.06). Conclusions: Our study showed that almost one in four hospital outpatients with HS fail to show up for their scheduled appointments. The data suggest an increased awareness of high risk of missed follow-up visits during treatment of HS patients.

TidsskriftJEADV Clinical Practice
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)358-361
StatusUdgivet - 2024

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Funding Information:
Nikolaj Holgersen and Simon F. Thomsen had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Study concept and design: Simon F. Thomsen. Acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of data: All authors. Drafting of the manuscript: Britt Nilausen and Nikolaj Holgersen. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors. Statistical analysis: Nikolaj Holgersen and Simon F. Thomsen. Obtained funding: None. Study supervision: Simon F. Thomsen and Hans C. Ring.

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© 2023 The Authors. JEADV Clinical Practice published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

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