What patients don't know about topical therapy - A result of a questionnaire survey

Ikuko Numata, Maki Ozawa, Yoshiko Kagimoto, Kaoru Ohnami, Setsuya Aiba

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Topical therapies are currently the mainstay of treatment for atopic dermatitis. As with other chronic disease, medication compliance is an essential component of the successful treatment of patients with atopic dermatitis. Before planning for therapeutic patient education, we should know what they don't know. 77 patients who visited our hospital for atopic dermatitis answered a written questionnaire about topical therapy. As a result, many patients surveyed put steroid ointment on red and/or itchy area every day. But the amount of topical steroid that patients apply is not enough. Approximately 30% of them interpreted as eczema is improved if erythema and/or itch disappear. About half of patients stop using topical steroids when they consider that eruption improved. In this study, we investigated the knowledge level of atopic dermatitis patient about topical therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalSkin Research
Issue numberSUPPL. 20
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct


  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Ointment
  • Patient education
  • Questionnaire
  • Topical therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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