The psychosocial burden of childhood atopic dermatitis

Sarah L. Chamlin*

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Atopic dermatitis is an extremely common childhood disease of increasing prevalence that greatly affects the quality of life of afflicted children and of their families. The disease alters the emotional and social functioning of the affected child and their family. The complex multidimensional effects of atopic dermatitis in children and families have been described qualitatively and measured quantitatively with quality of life instruments. Emotional effects on both the child and parents are predominant. The burden of atopic dermatitis can be improved by targeting parents and caregivers with education, psychosocial support, and specialty care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-107
Number of pages4
JournalDermatologic Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Family impact
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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