Improving the Patient-Clinician and Parent-Clinician Partnership in Atopic Dermatitis Management

Anthony J. Mancini*, Amy S. Paller, Eric L. Simpson, Charles N. Ellis, Lawrence F. Eichenfield

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Long-term adherence to carefully developed, individualized strategies is necessary for the optimum treatment outcomes in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). However, the parents of children with AD frequently lack sufficient information about the disease and its treatment, hold incorrect and sometimes harmful beliefs about these issues, and too often do not follow through consistently with the treatment plan. The health care provider is the primary source of such education, so an effective provider relationship is fundamental to adherence. In addition to the provision of correct information and the correction of misinformation, clinicians must be aware of and must address barriers to adherence with AD therapy, especially parent anxiety about the safety of topical medications (corticosteroids and topical calcineurin inhibitors).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S23-S28
JournalSeminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery
Issue number3 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Psychiatric comorbidities
  • Steroid phobia
  • Treatment adherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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