"If the patient has only minimal erythema, it may have minimal impact on their quality of life. But if they have a lot, even if they haven't mentioned it, the study tells us that they're suffering. Perhaps they're covering it with makeup, or if they're a guy they're just living with it. But it is bothersome, and it deserves to be discussed. That's the major takeaway."
Because researchers temporarily capped the number of respondents with mild facial erythema to ensure adequate recruitment of respondents with moderate and severe rosacea, the proportions of patients in each category do not reflect real-world conditions among the general rosacea population, study authors note. Additionally, recruiting patients who visited the NRS website may have skewed the sample toward patients who found their erythema bothersome. Respondents furthermore received a $15 gift card for completing the survey, although Dr. Baldwin says this amount was unlikely to influence responses.