New Publication Elevates the Significant Healthcare Burdens of Alopecia Areata

Mar 22, 2018

New article published this month will help to elevate the tremendous physical, emotional, and social toll alopecia areata can have on affected individuals and move the public agenda forward.

Alopecia areata has been misperceived as a cosmetic condition and treatment is still not considered medically necessary by many insurers and even some physicians. However, alopecia areata is known to have a profound impact on patients’ quality of life. The sudden loss of identity, and unpredictable course of hair loss can lead to difficulties at work, at school and in relationships. For these reasons, NAAF led the collaborative authorship of an article to support the designation of alopecia areata as a medical disease, which should no longer be dismissed as cosmetic.

The article, Alopecia Areata is a Medical Disease, provides evidence to support the designation of alopecia areata as a disfiguring, psychologically devastating autoimmune skin disease that deserves medical treatment. Authored by NAAF research advisors and other leaders in the field, this publication will help to elevate the tremendous physical, emotional, and social toll alopecia areata can have on affected individuals and move the public agenda forward. The article was published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and is available online here.

Click here to access the article online. 

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