Contact person:
Johan Fhager
Responsible at MaU:
Johan Fhager
Project members at MaU:
External project members:
  • Karin Örman (Region Västra Götaland) – Principal Supervisor
  • Åke Svensson (Department of Dermatology and Venereology – Lund University and Skåne University Hospital) – Supervisor
Collaborators :
  • Hudkliniken SUS Malmö
  • Department of dermatology & venereology
Time frame:
01 September 2018 - 01 September 2026
Research subject:

Project description

Alopecia areata is a disease of the hair follicles that leads to partial or total hair loss in the scalp or body. The etiology is partly unknown but is probably of autoimmune origin. Psychological factors can contribute to the disease, either as a trigger or by perpetuating the disease. Especially life events, e.g. separation or loss are suggested as risk factors. Patients often complain that their disease is considered a cosmetological problem in healthcare. Stigmatization and mental illness increase the burden of disease. The purpose of the study is to describe the frequency of different stress factors and feelings of stress and stigma and to deepen the knowledge through qualitative studies and thereby choose the care for these patients.