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29.10.2018 | Atopic Dermatitis (C Vestergaard, Section Editor) | Ausgabe 4/2018

Current Dermatology Reports 4/2018

Patient Education in Atopic Dermatitis: Why It Is Needed and How to Improve It

Current Dermatology Reports > Ausgabe 4/2018
Roberto Takaoka, Elisa Coelho
Wichtige Hinweise
This article is part of the Topical Collection on Atopic Dermatitis


Purpose of Review

Demonstrate the need and objectives of patient education in atopic dermatitis (AD), provide an overview of the most recent studies regarding patient education, and propose new approaches to improve educational programs.

Recent Findings

Different models of patient education programs exist, and their structures depend on social and economic conditions. An active participation of patients is needed to improve new models of educational programs. Healthcare professionals who work with AD patients must have a comprehensive view of the many aspects involved in this disease, which includes psychological, environmental, social, financial, and cultural aspects.


AD is a complex disease and has a clear impact in patients’ quality of life. Patients are often frustrated and confused by the information they receive. This information can often be conflicting and overwhelming. Education for patients with AD is now being proposed as an important step in major treatment guidelines. Most studies of patient education demonstrate a positive impact in patients’ clinical outcomes, adherence, and quality of life.

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