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Corticosteroid phobia among pharmacists regarding atopic dermatitis in children: a national french survey

Abstract : Fear of corticosteroid use among patients and parents of children with atopic dermatitis (AD) may be increased by professional caregiver's mistrust to corticosteroids and a lack of consistency in information provision. This study used a French national survey to assess mistrust among pharmacists of the use of topical steroids for treatment of AD in children. From all pharmacies in France, a random sample of 500 (approximately 2%) was selected to receive a postal survey comprising a standardized questionnaire of 50 items exploring trust, knowledge, beliefs and practices related to the use of topical steroids for children with AD. The main outcome was self-assessment of pharmacists' confidence in topical steroids on a 0-10 visual analogue scale. The mean confidence was 4.46 (95% confidence interval 4.11-4.82). This study highlights that pharmacists have only moderate confidence in topical steroids. This lack of trust may have a high impact on maintaining fear of corticosteroids in parents and patients.
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Délphine Raffin, Bruno Giraudeau, Mahtab Samimi, Laurent Machet, Xavier Pourrat, et al.. Corticosteroid phobia among pharmacists regarding atopic dermatitis in children: a national french survey. Acta Dermato-Venereologica, Society for Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 2016, 96 (2), pp.177-180. ⟨10.2340/00015555-2157⟩. ⟨hal-02639297⟩

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