Korean J Dermatol.  2008 Nov;46(11):1495-1499.

A Diagnostic Questionnaire for the Epidemiologic Studies of Childhood and Adult Atopic Dermatitis in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. jwkim52@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Atopic dermatitis is reported to have recently increased, but it is difficult to systematically perform epidemiologic studies of atopic dermatitis.
OBJECTIVE
The purpose of the present study was to create a diagnostic questionnaire for epidemiologic studies of childhood and adult atopic dermatitis in Korea.
METHODS
We made up the items that were necessary for the diagnosis of atopic dermatitis in Korea on the basis of Hanifin and Rajka's guidelines and the published Korean journals. We established the diagnostic questionnaire for the epidemiologic studies of childhood and adult atopic dermatitis in Korea.
RESULTS
A total of 19 questions were selected for the diagnostic questionnaire. Among them, 4 questions are related to the major diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis, and 15 questions are related to the minor diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis.
CONCLUSION
We propose that this diagnostic questionnaire would be an efficient and convenient method to perform epidemiologic studies on childhood and adult atopic dermatitis in Korea.

Keyword

Atopic dermatitis; Questionnaire

MeSH Terms

Adult
Dermatitis, Atopic
Epidemiologic Studies
Humans
Korea
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