Association Between Atopic Dermatitis and Suicidality

Key Points

Question  Is there an increased risk of suicidality among patients with atopic dermatitis?

Findings  In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 15 studies and 310 681 patients with atopic dermatitis, patients with atopic dermatitis had a 44% increased odds of suicidal ideation and a 36% increased odds of suicide attempts compared with patients without atopic dermatitis.

Meaning  According to the results of this study, patients with atopic dermatitis are at significantly greater risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. It is important for dermatology providers to be aware of this increased risk in patients with atopic dermatitis, monitor for suicidality, and make appropriate referrals to mental health professionals.

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