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Impact of topical calcineurin inhibitors on quality of life in patients with atopic dermatitis

Ingram, John R., Martin, Julie A. and Finlay, Andrew Y. 2009. Impact of topical calcineurin inhibitors on quality of life in patients with atopic dermatitis. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 10 (4) , pp. 229-237. 10.2165/00128071-200910040-00003.

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This review considers randomized trials of topical calcineurin inhibitors in atopic dermatitis that have included quality-of-life (QOL) data. Relatively few trials were identified and several different QOL measures have been used, partly because trial subjects included adults, children, and the parents of affected infants. Tacrolimus 0.1% and 0.03% ointment and pimecrolimus 1% cream were found to be superior to vehicle treatment in terms of QOL for active AD. In adults, tacrolimus 0.1% ointment provided a greater improvement in QOL than the 0.03% strength. Pimecrolimus 1% cream was superior to vehicle treatment for flare prevention in the studies that contained QOL outcomes but no data are available for tacrolimus ointment in this regard. QOL data comparing topical calcineurin inhibitors with other active treatments such as topical corticosteroids are sparse and it would be useful for future randomized trials to include QOL measures as a primary outcome.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RL Dermatology
ISSN: 1175-0561
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 11:47

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