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Chronic Hand Eczema - Self-management and Prognosis

This study has been completed.
TrygFonden, Denmark
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Annette Mollerup, University Hospital, Gentofte, Copenhagen Identifier:
First received: November 23, 2011
Last updated: December 2, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
Hand eczema is a common disease which often gives a chronic course thus affecting many functions in daily life. The body of evidence related to self-management of chronic hand eczema is poor. Better methods to support self-management of patients with chronic hand eczema may potentially improve the prognosis of a disease which is both a tremendous burden to the individual and to the society. The purpose of this trial is to evaluate the effect of a newly designed guidance programme offering individual counselling compared to conventional information with written information sheets.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Hand Eczema
Chronic Hand Dermatitis
Behavioral: Healthy Skin Clinic

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Chronic Hand Eczema - Self-management and Prognosis

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Annette Mollerup, University Hospital, Gentofte, Copenhagen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hand Eczema Severity Index (HECSI) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Objective assessment of disease severity, measured by HECSI-score at time = 6 months versus HECSI-score at time = 0.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    DLQI measured by questionnaire at time = 6 months versus DLQI measured by questionnaire at time = 0.

  • Overall burden of disease (VAS) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    VAS measured by questionnaire at time = 6 months versus VAS measured by questionnaire at time = 0.

  • Danish version of The Medication Adherence Report Scale (DMARS-4) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    DMARS-4 measured by questionnaire at time = 6 months versus DMARS-4 measured by questionnaire at time = 0 months.

Enrollment: 306
Study Start Date: May 2011
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Chronic hand eczema patients
Written information sheets and a 14-minutes DVD about hand eczema handed out by the dermatologist
Experimental: Behavioral: Healthy Skin Clinic
1-2 counselling sessions with a nurse, tailored according to individual risks and resources and user access to a website comprising a self-monitoring log, a patients' forum and the possibility of communication with the intervention team of nurses
Behavioral: Healthy Skin Clinic

The intervention is founded upon three concurrent elements. Firstly, a SKIN-profile generated by data from a baseline questionnaire (S=Susceptibility, K=Competencies, I=Individual characteristics, N=Necessary precautions).

Secondly, a patient self-management book which includes a patient's log and is offered in both an online and a physical form. Also support to self-management is offered through possible asynchronous communication and networking.

Finally, a counselling consultation with a nurse, trained within dermatology.

Detailed Description:

Detailed description of the trial and the intervention can be found in the publication:

Mollerup A, Veien NK, Johansen JD. Chronic hand eczema--self-management and prognosis: a study protocol for a randomised clinical trial'. BMC Dermatol. 2012 Jun 12;12:6. doi: 10.1186/1471-5945-12-6.

PMID: 22691871 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients clinically diagnosed with hand eczema at the first medical consultation at the outpatient ward, Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte or at a private dermatologic practise in Aalborg, Denmark
  • Patients who have given a signed informed consent to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who cannot reply to a questionnaire in Danish
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01482663

Dermatologic practise, Vesterbro 99
Aalborg, Denmark, 9000
Department of Dermato-Allergology, Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte
Hellerup, Denmark, 2900
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Gentofte, Copenhagen
TrygFonden, Denmark
Principal Investigator: Annette Mollerup, MScHealth Copenhagen University Hospital, Gentofte
Study Director: Jeanne D Johansen, Prof, DMSc Copenhagen University Hospital, Gentofte
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Annette Mollerup, MScHealth, PhD-student, University Hospital, Gentofte, Copenhagen Identifier: NCT01482663     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CHE-2011-Geh
Study First Received: November 23, 2011
Last Updated: December 2, 2014

Keywords provided by Annette Mollerup, University Hospital, Gentofte, Copenhagen:
Hand eczema
Hand dermatitis
Chronic hand eczema
Chronic hand dermatitis
Contact dermatitis
Skin disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Skin Diseases
Skin Diseases, Eczematous processed this record on May 25, 2017