- Pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with higher odds of mental disorder with impairment (MDI), according to the US National Health Interview Survey.
Why this matters
- The effects of AD on global mental health symptoms was unclear.
- Prevalence of MDI was 26.7% in children with AD and 17.7% in children without AD (P<.001 style="list-style-type:circle;">
- 10.9% and 6.2%, respectively, for severe MDI.
- OR, 1.46; 95% CI, 1.33-1.61 for "often worries."
- OR, 1.24; 95% CI, 1.09-1.42 for "unhappy/depressed."
- OR, 1.23; 95% CI, 1.13-1.34 for "poor attention span."
- OR, 1.46; 95% CI, 1.31-1.63 for "difficulties in emotions, concentration, behavior, or getting along with others."
- 19.9% of those with mild MDI and 53.5% of those with severe MDI.
- A weighted total of 57,726,856 children (aged 4-17 years) from the US National Health Interview Survey, 6,807,687 with AD in the past 12 months, were analyzed for MDI prevalence.
- Funding: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
- Self-reported data may have led to misclassification bias.