Korean J Dermatol.  2022 Jun;60(5):298-306.

A Study Analyzing the Results of Online Questionnaires Regarding Perceptions and Behavior Regarding Dermatological Drugs

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Nowon Eulji Medical Center, Eulji University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Dermatology, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
  • 4Department of Dermatology, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 5Department of Dermatology, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

Background
Rapid social media development has led to excessive medical misinformation. In this regard, the field of dermatology is no exception. There is persistent prejudice against dermatological drugs, and many patients hesitate to take them.
Objective
We aimed to resolve the misconception that dermatological drugs are harmful, by analyzing the results of online surveys regarding the public behavior and perception of dermatological drugs.
Methods
We analyzed the results of an online survey conducted by a research institution. The survey, which had been conducted between September 2020 and October 2020, included 900 online participants aged 10 to 69 years who had taken dermatological drugs. The online questionnaire consisted of items regarding patients’ behavior in relation to skin diseases and taking dermatological drugs, and their perception of dermatological drugs.
Results
The main reasons for withdrawal of dermatological drugs were concerns regarding the burden of long-term use and side effects. Except for that provided by physicians, most information regarding dermatological drugs was obtained online. The most commonly reported adverse reaction was heartburn, followed by dryness, and thirst. The proportion of responders who considered dermatological drugs to be harmful was 56.1%. To address this misconception, most respondents suggested that detailed explanations of the prescribed drugs should be provided by a dermatologist, as well as vigorous communication via online media, medical papers, and educational campaigns.
Conclusion
Addressing misconceptions through detailed explanations and active communication can improve patient compliance, and ultimately, the general public’s skin health.

Keyword

Behavior; Dermatologic agents; Perception
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