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2023 Apr 11



Which Clinical Measurement Tools for Atopic Dermatitis Severity Make the Most Sense in Clinical Practice?


Narla S, Silverberg JI


Assessment of atopic dermatitis (AD) severity is essential for therapeutic decision making and monitoring treatment progress. However, there are a myriad of clinical measurement tools available, some of which are impractical for routine clinical use despite being recommended for clinical trials in AD. For measurement tools to be used in clinical practice, they should be valid, reliable, rapidly completed, and scored, and easily incorporated into existing clinic workflows. This narrative review addresses content, validity, and feasibility, and provides a simplified repertoire of assessments for clinical assessment of AD based on prior evidence and expert opinion. Tools that may be feasible for clinical practice include patient-reported outcomes (eg, dermatology life quality index, patient-oriented eczema measure, numerical rating scales for itch, pain, and sleep disturbance, AD Control Tool, and patient-reported global assessment), and clinician-reported outcomes (eg, body surface area and investigator’s global assessment). AD is associated with variable clinical signs, symptoms, extent of lesions, longitudinal course, comorbidities, and impacts. Any single domain is insufficient to holistically characterize AD severity, select therapy, or monitor treatment response. A combination of these tools is recommended to balance completeness and feasibility.