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22.05.2019 | Original Article | Ausgabe 7/2019

European Journal of Pediatrics 7/2019

Care for children with severe chronic skin diseases

European Journal of Pediatrics > Ausgabe 7/2019
Hannelore De Maeseneer, Dirk Van Gysel, Sofie De Schepper, Carsten R. Lincke, Barbara J. Sibbles, Josette J. W. M. Versteegh, Welling Oei, Robert F. Pangalila, Suzanne G. M. A. Pasmans
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Communicated by Peter de Winter

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In this study, the care for children with a severe chronic skin disease in our national expert center of pediatric dermatology was evaluated. Patients and their parents were questioned by using existing questionnaires: 50 pediatric patients completed the modified “my positive health” questionnaire of Huber and 51 parents completed Pelentsov parental needs scale. Nineteen involved professionals answered a questionnaire with open boxes. Parents of children with a variety of chronic skin diseases and young adult patients were interviewed to find out what an optimal approach would look like according to them. Children with a severe chronic and/or congenital skin disorder score high on the “my positive health” questionnaire, indicating they are able to adapt and self-manage. Their highest median score was measured for the dimension “quality of life.” Their parents expect improvement of “working with health care professionals,” more specifically they want them to adopt a more holistic approach throughout the patient’s life. Structured interviews showed they expect that a multidisciplinary team of care providers determine together with the patient and its family—in advance—which care is needed, at what time and by whom. The interviewed professionals indicated adoption of a holistic multidisciplinary approach as the single largest improvement to achieve better care.
Conclusion: Although these children with a severe chronic and/or congenital skin disease were able to adapt and self-manage, they need a more personalized integrative multidisciplinary and systematic transmural approach covering all aspects of life during their lifetime.
What is Known:
Severe skin disorders affect the child and its family in several ways. In our expert center, we try to optimize the care for these children through a multidisciplinary approach.
What is New:
To our knowledge, no English publication describes the requirements for good care for pediatric patients with severe chronic skin disorders and how to optimize this care. We evaluated the health status of children with severe chronic skin disorders and the strengths and weaknesses of past and current care by questioning these children, their parents, adult patients, and involved professionals.

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