Interactive Case Challenges in Atopic Dermatitis

This activity is intended for dermatologists, pediatricians, family practitioners, internists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other clinicians who treat patients with atopic dermatitis (AD)

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Supported by an educational grant from:

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Activity Information


Original Release Date: September 2017
Most Recent Review Date: September 2017
Expiration Date: September 30, 2019
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 0.5 hours





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Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD
Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology
Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego, CA

Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL


Joint Provider Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Louisville and Global Academy for Medical Education, LLC. The University of Louisville is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Designation Statements

The University of Louisville Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education: Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity for 0.5 contact hour(s) is provided by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Designated for 0.1 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.


Educational Needs

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic, relapsing inflammatory skin disease that is associated with significant morbidity and costs to patients and their families. Pruritus and other signs and symptoms associated with the disease can be severe and the impact on quality of life can be significant, particularly in those with moderate-to-severe disease.
Diagnosing AD can be challenging because the type and appearance of skin lesions varies according to the degree of inflammation, stage of healing, frequency of scratching, and presence or absence of secondary infection. In 2014, the AAD published new evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and assessment of AD. Clinicians would benefit from case-based education that translates expert insights into practical strategies for treating and managing the condition in a variety of patients, including children and adults.
In recent years new topical and systemic drugs have been approved for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Clinicians are challenged to stay current on the safety and efficacy data of these agents and they need guidance on how to incorporate them into effective, lifelong strategies for managing atopic dermatitis and preventing recurrence.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of Case 1, participants will be able to:

  • Design strategies to treat atopic dermatitis to a goal of no or minimal itch and rash
  • Communicate to patients and their families the rationale and procedures for adhering to therapy in order to promote treatment adherence

Upon completion of Case 2, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and screen for the full disease burden of atopic dermatitis, including itch intensity and impact on sleep, quality of life, occupational and social functioning, and mental health
  • Design strategies for long-term control of atopic dermatitis, to a goal of clear/almost clear skin, no or minimal itch, and control of sleep disturbance, quality of life, functional impact, and mental health symptoms


Disclosure Declarations

Individuals in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose: 1) the existence of any relevant financial relationship with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies, within the past 12 months; and 2) the identification of a commercial product/device that is unlabeled for use or an investigational use of a product/device not yet approved.



Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD: Consultant (*past consultant): Novan, Inc.; *Steifel, a GSK Company; Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Investigator: Cassiopea; Galderma Laboratories, L.P.; Novan, Inc.; Steifel, a GSK Company; Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH: Consultant: AbbVie; Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Galderma Laboratories; GlaxoSmithKline; Lilly, Medimmune-AstraZeneca; Pfizer Inc; Proctor & Gambel; Puricore; Regeneron-Sanofi. Advisory board member: Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Investigator: AbbVie; Celgene; Chugai; F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd.; GlaxoSmithKline; Lilly; PuriCore; Regeneron-Sanofi; Speakers bureau: Regeneron-Sanofi. Fees for Non-CME Services: Regeneron-Sanofi.

CME/CE Reviewers: Cindy England Owen, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Dermatology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD; Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP; Judi SmelkerMitchek, MBA, MSN, RN; and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP, have nothing to disclose.

Global Academy for Medical Education Staff: Sylvia H. Reitman, MBA, DipEd; Tristan Nelsen, Shirley Jones, MBA; and Ron Schaumburg, Eileen McCaffrey, MS have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Off-Label/Investigational Use Disclosure

This CME/CE activity discusses the off-label use of certain approved medications as well as data from clinical trials on investigational agents. Any such material is identified within the presentations.

The faculty acknowledge the editorial assistance of Global Academy for Medical Education in the development of this activity. The ideas and opinions expressed in it are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporter, Global Academy for Medical Education, the University of Louisville, or Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

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