Measurement properties of the product of investigator’s global assessment and body surface area in children and adults with atopic dermatitis

Jonathan I Silverberg*, D. Lei, M. Yousaf, S. R. Janmohamed, P. P. Vakharia, R. Chopra, R. Chavda, S. Gabriel, K. R. Patel, V. Singam, R. Kantor, D. Y. Hsu

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Background: Multiple clinician-reported outcome measures exist for atopic dermatitis (AD) severity. However, there is no gold standard for use in clinical practice. Objectives: To determine the measurement properties of the product of validated Investigator's Global Assessment for AD (vIGA) and body surface area (BSA) overall or divided into six categories (cBSA: 0%/0.1, <10%/10, <30%/30, <50%/50, <70%/70 and <90%/90–100%) and compare with other clinician-reported and patient-reported outcomes in adults and children with AD. Methods: We performed a prospective dermatology practice-based study using questionnaires and evaluation by a dermatologist (n = 653). Results: vIGA*BSA and vIGA*cBSA had good convergent validity with BSA (Spearman's ρ = 0.97 and 0.93), eczema area and severity index (ρ = 0.94 and 0.92), and objective SCORAD (ρ = 0.88 and 0.89); and weak-to-good convergent validity with Numeric Rating Scale average itch (ρ = 0.22 and 0.22) and worst itch (ρ = 0.27 and 0.28), Patient-Oriented Eczema Measure (ρ = 0.44 and 0.43), Dermatology Life Quality Index (ρ = 0.48 and 0.49), ItchyQOL (ρ = 0.45 and 0.46), PROMIS Sleep Disturbance (ρ = 0.46 and 0.37) and sleep-related impairment (ρ = 0.31 and 0.31) in adults and/or children; very good discriminant validity for physician-reported global AD severity; good responsiveness to change of severity of AD and itch; and good reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient [95% confidence interval]: 0.72 [0.60–0.81] and 0.74 [0.62–0.82]) with no floor or ceiling effects. Thresholds for interpretability bands and clinically important difference were established. Conclusions: vIGA*BSA and vIGA*cBSA scores showed good convergent and discriminant validity, reliability, responsiveness and interpretability in adults and children with AD, and were feasible for use in clinical practice. vIGA*BSA and vIGA*cBSA had slightly lower convergent validity than EASI or objective SCORAD, but might be more efficient to collect and score.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-187
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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