Introduction: Atopic dermatitis (AD) has substantial negative impact on patients’ quality of life. Although considerable advances have been made in understanding the pathogenesis and its treatment, there is still limited transfer of this knowledge into daily management. Aiming to identify unmet needs in clinical management of patients with AD, we used a Delphi consensus process. Methods: A set of statements regarding diagnosis, management, prognosis, and treatment was identified by five experts (Steering Committee). Then, the Steering Committee and a second group of four clinicians were involved in a Delphi process. Lastly, agreement was assessed in a larger panel of Italian clinicians. Results: Overall, 37 clinicians participated to the process. 17 statements reached strong agreement and 2 reached weak agreement. Conclusions: In general, the statements reflected the need for accurate and effective diagnostic criteria to support clinical experience, especially in the atypical forms of AD. Moreover, prognostic criteria are needed to predict the duration of adult-onset AD. The identification of biomarkers was considered to be useful for clinical management of AD at all stages of disease. Lastly, greater emphasis should be placed on patient education and development of effective tools that can aid informing patients about their disease and its treatment.
- Atopic dermatitis
- Delphi method