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SHTAC is assessing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of educational interventions for people with chronic inflammatory skin diseases

Published: 25 February 2014
Chronic inflammatory skin diseases

Researchers at SHTAC are conducting a systematic review and economic evaluation of the effectiveness of educational interventions for improving quality of life in patients with chronic inflammatory skin diseases.

Inflammatory skin disease is a term used to cover a broad category of disorders of the skin that are associated with skin inflammation. These can range in severity from mild irritation to more serious health complications. The most commonly recorded conditions are various types of eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The symptoms which include itching (and sometimes pain), dry skin and changes in skin appearance, to varying degrees of severity and bodily involvement,  can be distressing for patients and their carers and, in some cases, can lead to functional impairments, particularly when conditions affect the face, genitalia, palms or soles.  Such conditions are associated with high levels of psychological co-morbidities including depression and anxiety, and reduced quality of life.

Research studies have shown that educational interventions may be able to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic inflammatory skin diseases, and treatment guidelines for some skin diseases recommend that patients may benefit from receiving educational support. A wide range of educational types have been researched, including behavioural and psychological approaches, but it is currently unclear which approach(es)  would be most appropriate and effective if used alongside current  NHS treatments for chronic inflammatory skin conditions. This research aims to provide a comprehensive and up-to date synthesis of the best quality evidence for both clinical and cost-effectiveness of such interventions to clarify their relevance for implementation in the NHS.

The project has been commissioned by the NIHR Health Technology Assesment (HTA) Programme and the results of the research will be published in the NIHR Journals Library (Health Technology Assessment) in autumn 2015.

For more information on SHTAC's research into skin diseases please visit our Research page

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