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Quality of life of children with atopic dermatitis and their families

McKenna, Stephen P; Doward, Lynda C

Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology: June 2008 - Volume 8 - Issue 3 - p 228–231
doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e3282ffd6cc
Outcome measures: Edited by Henry Milgrom and Ralph Mösges

Purpose of the review Over the last few years major advances have been made in the conceptualization of quality of life and new instruments have been developed for assessing the construct in paediatric atopic dermatitis. This review looks at these developments and reports on recently published articles on the impact of the condition on affected children and other members of their family.

Recent findings During the period of the review only one article addressing the impact of treatment for paediatric atopic dermatitis on quality of life could be found. This showed the benefits to the quality of life of parents of treating their children with pimecrolimus cream.

Summary Given the prevalence of paediatric atopic dermatitis and its impact on affected children and their families it is surprising that so little attention has been devoted to the impact of treatment on quality of life. Where standardized measures are included in studies they generally assess outcomes that are of interest to physicians rather than to patients and their carers.

aSchool of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

bGalen Research, Enterprise House, Manchester Science Park, Manchester, UK

Correspondence to Professor Stephen P. McKenna, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK Tel: +44 161 226 4446; fax: +44 161 226 4478; e-mail:

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