This page describes patient-reported outcome measures in urticaria.
Urticaria control test (UCT)1
The UCT covers the following 4 domains:
- Validated and specifically designed for chronic urticaria
- Self-administered, retrospective (past 4 weeks) 4-item questionnaire
- Each answer is scored ranging from 0 to 4
- The summed score ranges from 0: no control to 16: full control
Urticaria activity score (UAS7)*
A method for assessing disease severity
- Tools are available for angioedema-only patients2
- Patient scores their number of hives (0 to 3)** and pruritus severity (0 to 3)† each day for 7 days2
- Maximum weekly score is 42 – a higher score corresponds to more severe disease2
- Severe CSU has a UAS7 score of 28–423
*Included in the NICE guidance as an example of objective assessment of disease severity.
**Scoring from 0 (none) to 3 (intense).
Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI)4
The DLQI is a simple, validated questionnaire used to evaluate health-related quality of life in patients with skin diseases.
- It consists of 10 questions comprising 6 domains:
Symptoms and feelings
Work and school
- The effect of the disease on each domain is scored from 0 (not at all) to 3 (very much) for each question, giving a total score of between 0 and 30
- Higher DLQI score corresponds to greater impairment on quality of life
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PATIENT-REPORTED OUTCOMES RESOURCE
The patient-reported outcomes resource presents patient-reported outcomes for healthcare professionals to use with patients with CSU; these outcomes include the UCT, UAS7 and DLQI.
CSU, chronic spontaneous urticaria; DLQI, Dermatology Life Quality Index; UAS7, urticaria activity score at seven days; UCT, urticaria control test.
- Moestrup K et al. Int J Dermatol 2017; 56:1342–1348.
- Zuberbier T et al. Allergy 2014; 69:868–887.
- Stull D et al. EAACI 2014, abstract 826.
- Finlay AY et al. Clin Exp Dermatol 1994;19(3):210–216.