I wanted to share a couple of useful tools that The Eczema Society of Canada has developed for primary care clinicians.
Atopic Dermatitis: A Practical Guide to Management
The first is their “Atopic Dermatitis: A Practical Guide to Management”. I found the guide a very easy read, with a focus on patient management versus providing detailed facts. It provides a Canadian perspective on the management of AD. This guide is not a guideline document and does not have the use of the GRADE system for evidence. It provides clinicians with highly practical advice for the management of this common chronic condition. I would recommend that this guide is one of the references that clinicians should consider downloading and having it available to address common AD issues. This guide can be downloaded at: Atopic Dermatitis: A Practical Guide to Management
Topical Treatments for Atopic Dermatitis
The second tool is the topical treatment chart for AD. We know that many parents and some clinicians have ‘steroid phobia’. This guide provides clinicians with a review of the different topical steroid potencies, where they should be used and other key considerations. I have found that with all the products on the market, it is easy for clinician to be unsure what is a mild, moderate, high and ultra-potency steroid.
Again this is a great tool to download to have on your computer to be able to access it when there are concerns on which topical product to use for a patients AD. This guide can be downloaded at: Topical Treatments for Atopic Dermatitis