Yonsei Med J.  2019 Jul;60(7):694-699. 10.3349/ymj.2019.60.7.694.

Current Status of Patient Education in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis in Korea

  • 1Department of Dermatology, Severance Hospital, Cutaneous Biology Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. copark@yuhs.ac
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Atopy Clinic, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 5Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Goyang, Korea.
  • 6Department of Pediatrics, Atopy Clinic, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Department of Pediatrics, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University School of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 8Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 9Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 10Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 11Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, the Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 12Department of Dermatology, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 13Department of Dermatology, Chung-Ang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


Patient education is important for successful management of atopic dermatitis; however, due to limited time and resources, patient education remains insufficient. This study aimed to investigate the current state of education provided by Korean dermatologists, pediatric allergists, and allergists to patients with atopic dermatitis. A questionnaire survey consisting of items regarding educational programs for patients with atopic dermatitis was conducted via e-mail. In total, 153 participants responded to the questionnaires, and 26.8% indicated that they have had separate educational programs. The workforce involved in the educational program included nurses, residents or fellows, dieticians, pharmacists, and clinical psychologists. Most education protocols addressed the characteristics and natural course of atopic dermatitis and environmental management. Overall, 96.7% of the participants replied that an additional charge is needed for education; moreover, additional assistance from an academic society or association, in the form of medical staff, organized data, and advertisement, is required to develop and provide a well-structured educational program. A standardized education protocol will effectively provide appropriate education for patients with atopic dermatitis. Arrangement of education fees, covered by the National Health Insurance Service, will lead to the establishment of a structured educational program and participation of an additional medical workforce.


Atopic dermatitis; education; Korea; questionnaire survey

MeSH Terms

Dermatitis, Atopic*
Electronic Mail
Fees and Charges
Medical Staff
National Health Programs
Patient Education as Topic*
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