Moderator’s Note. The purpose of this webpage is to provide an overview of the upcoming PRP “Quality of Life” Focus Groups.A focus group is a research technique used to collect data through group interaction. A focus group is designed to identify feelings, perceptions, and thoughts about a particular topic. The first PRP Focus Group took place on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 and included 12 patients. Each participant is considered a subject matter expert for their unique version of PRP.
Criteria for participation
“Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is looking for individuals 18-89 years of age with a personal history of pityriasis rubra pilaris (PRP) to participate in a focus group (OHSU IRB #22735). The topic of the focus group will be PRP’s effects on quality of life and will entail roughly a 2-hour time commitment. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please reply to this email or contact the principal investigator, Dr. Teri Greiling, at PRPstudy@ohsu.edu.”
“Dr. Teri Greiling is an OHSU dermatologist who sees patients from across a wide spectrum of dermatologic diseases and has a special interest in autoimmunity and PRP. She has led two investigator-initiated drug trials investigating treatments for PRP and helped author the National Organization for Rare Disorders consensus statement on PRP. She is passionate about treating PRP and hopes to use the data obtained in this focus group to better understand the burden of PRP on patients’ lives.”
The general theme of the PRP Focus Group is the DLQI. Note: each participant will be given a copy of the DLQI in advance of the Focus Group gathering and use it as a reference.
❏ What signs and symptoms does the DLQI capture particularly well?
❏ What issues are NOT captured particularly well by the DLQI.
❏ What symptoms were most bothersome to you at the peak of your PRP?
❏ Why were these symptoms in particular the most bothersome?
❏ What areas of your personal PRP experience did the DLQI fail to adequately capture?
Abstract on the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) — Finley, A.Y.
PRP QOL Discussion Guide
(1) Please tell us about your initial experience with PRP. What was the first sign that something was wrong?
(2) Please discuss your experience with the physical symptoms of PRP.
(a.1) What symptoms bothered you the most?
(a.2) Did that change throughout the course of the disease?
(b.1) What symptoms bothered you the least? [Annoying rather than serious]
(b.2) Did that change throughout the course of the disease?
(3) Are there any symptoms of PRP that you feel were not given adequate attention by your physician? If so, what were they?
(4) What was the FIRST SIGN that you were “getting better”? See: Healing Milestones
(5) What other symptoms that we haven’t discussed yet should be given adequate attention in a PRP quality of life questionnaire?
(1) If you are comfortable, please share how PRP affected your mental health.
2) Is/was your mental state particularly affected by certain symptoms or limitations imposed by PRP? If so, what are they?
(3) At what point, if any, during the course of your PRP did you feel you had hit “rock bottom?” What made you feel that way?
(4) At what point in the course of your PRP did your mental state start to improve?
(5) What kinds of coping strategies did you use to manage your mental health?
(6) Can you think of any ways that your physician could have helped you improve your mental health while you had PRP?
Daily Living Impacts
(1) Please tell us about how your daily routine is/was impacted by PRP.
(2a) What daily activities are made more difficult because of PRP symptoms?
(2b) Are there any activities of daily living (personal hygiene, mobility, eating, etc.) you are/were unable to perform without assistance?
(3) How did you adapt your lifestyle to fit your limitations, if any?
(4) How was your sleep affected by PRP?
(1) Did PRP change your relationships with family, friends, or coworkers? If so, how?
(2) Did PRP change the way you interacted with strangers?
(1) Did the physical, psychological, social, or daily living effects of PRP affect your finances in a major way (for example, changing your ability to work or the type of work you could do)?
(2) Did the cost associated with PRP medical care have a large impact on your finances (for example, leading to medical debt or difficulty paying your regular bills)?