The National Eczema Association for Science and Education surveyed 429 patients with atopic dermatitis or their parents and 303 physicians about atopic dermatitis, its effect on quality of life (QOL), and the adequacy of available treatments. The physician survey focused on disease severity and management; the patient survey, on disease severity, impact on QOL, and treatment preferences. Physician and patient/parent respondents generally agreed about their assessments of disease severity, poor effectiveness of over-the-counter products, and the need for more patient support groups and toll-free phone information. Atopic dermatitis significantly impacts QOL in children, particularly in those with moderate-to-severe disease. New treatments should offer enhanced efficacy, less frequent application, and fewer adverse effects.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health