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What Should General Practice Trainees Learn about Atopic Eczema?

Department of Dermatology, Polonnaruwa General Hospital, Polonnaruwa, 51000, Sri Lanka
Department of Dermatology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK
Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX3 9DS, UK
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Academic Editors: Sebastien Barbarot and Kim Thomas
J. Clin. Med. 2015, 4(2), 360-368;
Received: 12 December 2014 / Revised: 5 January 2015 / Accepted: 20 January 2015 / Published: 12 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Epidemiology and Treatment of Atopic Eczema)
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Effective atopic eczema (AE) control not only improves quality of life but may also prevent the atopic march. The Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) curriculum does not currently provide specific learning outcomes on AE management. We aimed to gain consensus on learning outcomes to inform curriculum development. A modified Delphi method was used with questionnaires distributed to gather the views of a range of health care professionals (HCPs) including general practitioners (GPs), dermatologists, dermatology nurses and parents of children with AE attending a dedicated paediatric dermatology clinic. Ninety-one questionnaires were distributed to 61 HCPs and 30 parents; 81 were returned. All agreed that learning should focus on the common clinical features, complications and management of AE and the need to appreciate its psychosocial impact. Areas of divergence included knowledge of alternative therapies. Parents felt GPs should better understand how to identify, manage and refer severe AD and recognized the value of the specialist eczema nurse. Dermatologists and parents highlighted inconsistencies in advice regarding topical steroids. This study identifies important areas for inclusion as learning outcomes on AE management in the RCGP curriculum and highlights the importance of patients and parents as a valuable resource in the development of medical education. View Full-Text
Keywords: atopic eczema; dermatology curriculum; RCGP curriculum; patient involvement medical education; GP training atopic eczema; dermatology curriculum; RCGP curriculum; patient involvement medical education; GP training
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Munidasa, D.; Lloyd-Lavery, A.; Burge, S.; McPherson, T. What Should General Practice Trainees Learn about Atopic Eczema? J. Clin. Med. 2015, 4, 360-368.

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