An Integrative Review on Effects of Educational Interventions for Children with Eczema
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AbstractBackground: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory disease with high global prevalence rates in many childhood populations. It is also the most common paediatric skin problem. Although eczema education and proper skin care were effective in controlling eczema symptoms, the lack of both sufficient time for patient consultation and structured eczema education programme hindered the transferability of knowledge to patients and their parents. As a result, these young patients and their families suffer from significant physical disability and psychological distress which can substantially impair their quality of life.
Objectives: This integrative review is to examine the effects of educational interventions for children with eczema and identify the core elements associated with an effective intervention.
Methods: This integrative review targeted all articles published in 10 databases between May 2016 and February 2017 that reported the outcomes of disease interventions of any format for children and adolescents with the clinical diagnosis of eczema who were under 18 years of age. Five randomised controlled trials (RCT) and one systematic review of 10 RCTs were identified for review. All these publications had high methodological quality, except one study of web-based eczema education that was limited by selection bias and poor subject blinding. Findings: This review found that most studies adopted nurse-led or multi-disciplinary parental eczema education programme at the outpatient clinic setting. The format of these programmes included individual lectures, demonstration and group sharing, and the educational materials covered basic eczema knowledge and management as well as methods to interrupt itch-scratch cycle. The main outcome measures of these studies included severity of eczema symptoms, treatment adherence and quality of life of both patients and their families. Nine included studies reported statistically significant improvement in the primary outcome of symptom severity of these eczematous children. On the other hand, all these reviews failed to identify any effective dosage of intervention under these educational programmes that was attributed to heterogeneity of the interventions. One study that was designed based on the social cognitive theory to guide the interventional content yielded statistically significant results. The systematic review recommended the importance of measuring parental self-efficacy.
Implication: This integrative review concludes that structured educational programme can help nurses understand the theories behind different health interventions. They can then deliver eczema education to their patients in a consistent manner. These interventions also result in behavioural changes through patient education. Due to the lack of validated educational programmes in Chinese, it is imperative to conduct a RCT of eczema educational programme to investigate its effects on eczema severity, quality of life and treatment adherence in Hong Kong children as well as to promote the importance of parental self-efficacy.
All Author(s) ListNam Sze Cheng, Janita P. C. Chau
Name of ConferenceICN 2018 : 20th International Conference on Nursing
Start Date of Conference27/09/2018
End Date of Conference28/09/2018
Place of ConferenceLondon
Country/Region of ConferenceGreat Britain
Proceedings TitleConference Proceedings, London United Kingdom Sep 27-28, 2018, 20 (9) Part XVI
Year2018
Month9
Volume Number20
Issue Number9
Place of PublicationLondon United Kingdom
Pages1956 - 1959
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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