Almost half of the general European population suffers from a dermatological condition



The results of a new EADV survey released today show that nearly half (47.9%) of the general European population over 18 reported at least one skin condition in the last 12 months. The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) unveils for the first time the first results of its survey on the burden of skin diseases in Europe during its 30e Annual congress.

The study is the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Europe. Data has now been collected from 44,689 adults from 27 European countries, including all countries of the European Union as well as the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland.

Preliminary results show that among 21,401 members of the general population, 47.9% of people 18 years of age or older reported having at least one skin condition. On average, those affected reported a median of two skin conditions.

The projection of these figures on the total NEUKS population (Norway, European Union, United Kingdom and Switzerland) of 408 million inhabitants aged 18 shows that more than 195 million adults in Europe have reported at least one skin condition.

The most common skin conditions among those surveyed are fungal skin infections, affecting nearly one in 10 people (9.07%). Other common conditions, each affecting more than one in 20 people, were atopic dermatitis (eczema) (5.34%), alopecia (5.22%) and acne (5.49%). Additionally, unpleasant skin symptoms / sensations including tightness and itching as a specific referral request were reported by 20% of people 18 years of age or older.

Before EADV undertook this study, little was known about the prevalence of skin diseases in the general population in Europe. In addition, there is a lack of solid, objective and homogeneous data at European level on the impact on quality of life of skin diseases, including stigma, or on the perception and access to dermatologists.

The EADV therefore commissioned a survey of the adult population – The burden of skin diseases in Europe – to:

  • To assess the prevalence of dermatological or venological conditions in Europe
  • Understand the reasons for consulting a dermatologist; the impact of skin conditions on patients; public perception of skin conditions; care pathway for skin diseases; prescribed treatment; and trust in dermatologists

As the leading European organization in dermatology, EADV plays an important role in determining the prevalence and impact of skin diseases in Europe.. The fact that one in two people in Europe lives with a skin disease on a daily basis makes the skin the most affected organ in the body and, as an organization, we are therefore committed to making skin diseases a priority. public health priority.. “

Marie-Aleth Richard, Professor, CHU de La Timone, Marseille and Administrator of tEADV

After the Congress, the Academy plans to fully analyze the data and submit the first results to JEADV for potential publication before rolling out further survey results in the coming months.


EADV- European Society of Dermato-Venereology


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