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Psychosocial factors and chronic spontaneous urticaria: a systematic review

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posted on 2023-08-31, 15:11 authored by Jennifer DonnellyJennifer Donnelly, Katie Ridge, Roisin O'DonovanRoisin O'Donovan, Niall Conlon, Padraic DunnePadraic Dunne

Background: Psychosocial factors have been informally associated with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU); however, the relationship between psychosocial factors and CSU remains relatively unexplored in the scientific literature.

Objective: This review aims to provide an evaluation of peer reviewed studies exploring psychosocial factors and CSU.

Methods: A systematic search was performed over four databases identifying studies exploring psychosocial factors in relation to CSU published between the years 1995 and 2022.

Results: Eighteen studies were included for narrative analysis, and 33 psychosocial factors were identified. These were split into two subgroups: psychosocial factors that were associated with CSU symptoms aggravation/onset (n = 20), and psychosocial factors expected to be impacted by CSU symptoms (n = 13).

Conclusion: This review has highlighted a need for more research and interventions to support individuals with psychosocial factors involved in CSU.


Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland, University of Medicine and Health Sciences.



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Published Citation

Donnelly J, Ridge K, O'Donovan R, Conlon N, Dunne PJ. Psychosocial factors and chronic spontaneous urticaria: a systematic review. BMC Psychol. 2023;11(1):239.

Publication Date

19 August 2023

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