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Document ID (ISN)75721
CIS number 00-1613
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kalimo K., Kautiainen H., Niskanen T., Niemi L.
Title "Eczema school" to improve compliance in an occupational dermatology clinic
Bibliographic information Dec. 1999, Vol.41, No.6, p.315-319. 29 ref.
Abstract From 1990 a trained nurse has been employed at the Department of Dermatology of a leading Finnish hospital to inform patients about skin care, allergen avoidance and skin protection. To find out the possible benefits of this patient education, a questionnaire was sent out to 540 patients who had been diagnosed with an occupational skin disease. 424 patients returned the questionnaire, 252 of whom had been examined before 1990 and 172 later. It appeared that when the diagnosis had been irritant contact dermatitis without allergens found, the prognosis was significantly better among those who had received this "extra education" and none had persistent dermatitis. Patients with contact allergy to metals or synthetic resins had also managed better, as compared to those who had received traditional treatment. Generally, the patients were satisfied with the additional extra information provided by the nurse.
Descriptors (primary) dermatitis; safety and health training; dermatological services; eczema
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; irritants; Finland; occupational medicine; plastics; skin allergies; questionnaire survey; metals
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
OSH training
Occupational health services