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Dermatitis Family Impact Questionnaire

This questionnaire measures how much having a child with atopic dermatitis affects the quality of life of other (adult) members of the family.

It is designed to be completed by adults (aged 16 years or over) who have a child (up to and including the age of 15 years 11 months) in the family with atopic dermatitis.

Who can use it

This questionnaire can be used in a range of settings by clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, for-profit organisations, students or researchers.

Depending on who you are and what you're using the questionnaire for, you may need to apply for licence and pay a fee.

Learn more about who can use this questionnaire and how to administer it.

Recall period

The questions are designed to be completed with a one-week recall period.

Download the questionnaire

Dermatitis Family Impact Questionnaire (DFI) - English version

Measure how much having a child with atopic dermatitis has affected a family member over the last week.

Different language versions

This zip file contains the questionnaires in different languages, along with the translation certificates. Find out more about our translation and linguistic validation process, and what to do if you'd like to create a new translation.

Dermatitis Family Impact Questionnaire (DFI) - different language versions

Download the questionnaire in several different languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwan and Thai.

How to score it

Each question is scored from 0-3.

The scoring system for the DFI is:

  • Not at all = 0
  • A little = 1
  • A lot = 2
  • Very much = 3

The score of each of the 10 questions is summed. The minimum DFI score is 0 (= no impact on life of family). The maximum DFI score is 30 (= maximum effect on life of family).

There are no validated score banding descriptors yet published.


The DFI is protected under copyright, so you must not change the format, wording or design of the questionnaire.

The copyright statement for the Dermatitis Family Impact Questionnaire, which must always be reproduced at the end of every copy of the document, is:

© M.S. Lewis-Jones, A.Y.Finlay, 1995

By agreement, the University now owns and administers all copyright matters relating to the DFI.

Original publication

Lawson V, Lewis-Jones MS, Finlay AY, Reid P, Owens RG. The family impact of childhood atopic dermatitis: the Dermatitis Family Impact Questionnaire. Br J Dermatol, 1998; 138: 107-113.

Other key publications

Contact us

If you have any questions, or you have feedback on our web pages, please get in touch.

General queries and feedback

Dr. Faraz Ali

Dermatology Quality of Life Administrator

Financial, contractual or student enquiries

Joy Hayes

Licencing enquiries

Technology Transfer office

If you need to contact Professor Finlay

Professor Andrew Finlay