Research

Education and Eczema: How Much Benefit Can Be Achieved

Our focus is on an academic paper published in 2011, which explored the impact of several education programmes on quality of life and eczema severity.

In A Nutshell

  • The treatments we’re using often lag behind cutting-edge research by 10 years.
  • Using the latest educational techniques, we can improve our eczema severity by 45% and quality of life by 78%.
  • The Proton Health Programme has been built based on this research and the latest science, so you’re always learning the most up-to-date techniques.

Introduction

We don’t need to tell you how complex managing eczema truly is. But, unfortunately, amongst all the lotions and potions, we also have to block out the marketing content and miracle ‘cures’ daily. Sadly, this also extends to modern medicine. In fact, the treatments we’re using are often 10 years behind what the cutting-edge science shows.

A group of researchers in Amsterdam wanted to change this. They did this by exploring how teaching the latest science to eczema sufferers affected their quality of life and eczema severity.

How They Did It

The investigators completed what is known as a Systematic Review.

This is the gold standard of medical research and is a fancy way of saying they searched, read and analysed a bunch of papers related to the topic. By reading lots of documents and accumulating the results, this method leads to better accuracy than just completing one study.

In this case, the group found 10 relevant papers which explored different educational techniques and how they impacted quality of life and eczema severity. The methods used ranged from one-off consultations to intensive 10-day courses.

The Discoveries

The results were pretty impressive. They showed what is known as statistically significant improvements in eczema severity and quality of life. All this means is that we can be sure (because a fancy algorithm said so) that these results are not due to chance. And instead, they’re because of the education that was provided.

Overall, the results showed that there is potential to improve quality of life by 78% and reduce eczema severity by 45% using these techniques. Pretty mind-blowing stuff.

The techniques with the best results were longer, with the education provided over multiple days. Whereas the methods that lasted only 30 mins weren’t shown to have any statistical significance.

What Does It Mean For You

These findings are really encouraging. By learning science-based techniques, the results show that you can potentially improve your eczema severity by 45% and quality of life by 78%!

Conveniently, we’ve developed the Proton Health programme to help you do precisely this. Over 6 weeks, we provide the most cutting-edge information on all things eczema.

Whilst we can never say that something will 100% improve your eczema, we can say that it’s statistically significant. 😉

References

de Bes J, Legierse CM, Prinsen CA, de Korte J. Patient education in chronic skin diseases: a systematic review. Acta Derm Venereol. 2011 Jan;91(1):12-7. doi: 10.2340/00015555-1022. PMID: 21264451.

Available at:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21264451/

August 1, 2022
by 
Dr Noreen Akram
Proton Health Programme
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