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Fluorescent cream used as an educational intervention to improve the effectiveness of self-application by patients with atopic dermatitis
Ryhov County Hospital, Sweden .
Ryhov County Hospital, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology in Östergötland.
2013 (English)In: Journal of dermatological treatment (Print), ISSN 0954-6634, E-ISSN 1471-1753, Vol. 24, no 4, 268-271 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: The aim of the study was to assess if a fluorescent cream, in a self-application educational session, could increase the effectiveness of cream application in practice and serve as a therapeutic intervention. Methods: 30 adults with atopic dermatitis were enrolled. They applied a fluorescent test cream on two occasions. Effectiveness of application was checked under ultraviolet illumination. At baseline, the patients greased their skin as they normally do. After 2 weeks, the patients were instructed to grease the whole body area. The results were commented on and visualised to the patients on both occasions. Results: At the baseline visit, 29% of the target skin was untreated, and at the follow-up visit after education, this improved to 13.6% (mean values, p andlt; 0.05). Women performed better than men at baseline; however, men performed similar to women at the follow-up visit. Conclusions: The Fluorescent-cream Educational Session (FES) is an educational instrument for therapeutic intervention based on interaction between patient and provider. It includes hard endpoints, that is, visualisation and measurement of treated area, time spend on treatment and amount of cream used.

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Informa Healthcare , 2013. Vol. 24, no 4, 268-271 p.
Keyword [en]
compliance, skin disease, treatment
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-95941DOI: 10.3109/09546634.2011.649243ISI: 000321585500006OAI: diva2:641761
Available from: 2013-08-19 Created: 2013-08-12 Last updated: 2013-08-19

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