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AD Patients Most Satisfied With Group-Based Educational Sessions

Patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) benefit from extensive patient education. A new report suggests group-based sessions are preferred to individual educational sessions or fun activities.

A new report based on surveys of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) shows group-based educational programs led by experts yield the highest rates of patient satisfaction. The analysis offers insights into how physicians and patient educators can better address the needs of patients with AD.

Writing in Annals of Dermatology , corresponding author Yong Hyun Jang, of Kyungpook National University in South Korea, and colleagues explained that the complexity of AD means patients with a new diagnosis have a significant knowledge gap.

“Because of the tendency to proceed chronically, patient education for AD is essential in the care of patients with AD,” they wrote.

Jang and colleagues said existing research has shown that patient education can improve AD management and control; however, it is not yet known which types of educational programs correlate with the highest levels of patient and caregiver satisfaction.

In hopes of finding out, they conducted a series of half-day educational programs called “AD School” over the course of several years. A total of 831 people (493 patients and 338 family members) participated in the […]

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