Eczema affects one in five children in Ireland and roughly one in 12 adults, according to the Irish Skincare Foundation
The South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital Corkâ€™s dermatology department has won two prestigious awards for its research into the burden of treatment in atopic dermatitis.
At its Autumn meeting, the Irish Association of Dermatology gave its Rogers Plate for best research to Dr Eilis Nic Dhonncha, following her presentation of research into the burden of treatment in adults with eczema. The condition affects around 8% of people over 18.
Meanwhile, Dr Cathal Oâ€™Connor took home the Martin Beare Award for best research in paediatric dermatology, after he presented the departmentâ€™s work looking into the burden of treatment in children with eczema. Children have a higher rate of eczema, with one in five reporting the condition.
Dr Nic Dhonncha said: â€œBurden of treatment is defined as the workload of healthcare experience by those with chronic conditions and consequences on well-being and the high burden of treatment results in an inability to adhere to treatment plans and poorer outcomes for patients.â€
Dr Oâ€™Connor added: â€œThe burden of treatment in eczema is high, due to the need for multiple different treatments, high levels of healthcare utilisation, and costs of treatments, clothing, and healthcare.â€
Dermatologic Therapy has accepted the paediatric study for publication, while the adult study is in a late stage of publication.
Dr Michelle Murphy, consultant dermatologist and lead author of both studies, said: â€œThe results of this research will be used to help doctors to optimise prescribing practices and treatment plans for our patients and to reduce the burden of their medical needs.â€