Noreen Heer Nicol

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Atopic dermatitis is a common, complex disease that frequently follows a chronic, relapsing course. The disease can impact the quality of life (QOL) of patients and families to a significant degree. Patients and caregivers may focus on unproven triggers at the expense of proper skin care. A multidisciplinary approach is needed to comprehensively evaluate(More)
Nursing is making a key contribution to the development and evaluation of atopic dermatitis (AD) education. Educational interventions have long been recommended and used as a critical adjunct at all levels of therapy for patients with AD to enhance therapy effectiveness. These interventions may be directed toward adult patients or the parent/caregiver or(More)
Although atopic dermatitis is a common cutaneous disorder, patients often are frustrated in their attempts to understand the disease and its treatment. Studies have shown that the patient-provider relationship is key to patient compliance with a skin care regimen and that most patients with atopic dermatitis are eager to be well informed. However, many(More)
Several points should be considered when one is prescribing topical corticosteroids: The correct assessment of the underlying skin condition. A good understanding of the action of the active ingredients. Knowledge of different drug vehicles and proper application methods. Adequate patient education of correct usage and potential side effects. When health(More)
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, relapsing inflammatory pruritic skin disease commonly associated with respiratory allergy. The keys to successful management of this disease continue to include accurate diagnosis, hydration of the skin, control of pruritus and infections, appropriate use of topical corticosteroids and emollients, and identification and(More)
Successful strategies for managing atopic dermatitis require an accurate diagnosis, identification and elimination of exacerbating factors including irritants and allergens, adequate hydration of the skin, control of pruritus and infections, and appropriate use of topical anti-inflammatory and other medications. Proper patient education increases the(More)
BACKGROUND Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common chronic, relapsing inflammatory skin disease of children and is a global public health problem. National and international AD guidelines address AD care in a stepwise fashion. Wet wrap therapy (WWT) is a therapeutic intervention for moderate-to-severe AD. OBJECTIVE This cohort study evaluated the(More)