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Keywords:

  • childhood;
  • dermatitis;
  • non-compliance

SUMMARY

Compliance problems are a common cause of apparent treatment failure in atopic eczema. The results of a survey of parents with children attending dermatologists for atopic eczema is presented. Major reasons for failure to comply include a poor understanding of the chronic nature of the disease, a fear of topical corticosteroids, the belief that atopic eczema is due to an allergy, and the time and cost of treatment. The explanation that treatment is a control and not a cure is also important in the parent's perception of treatment results. Suggested solutions to some of these points are discussed.