Developing integrated care pathways for atopic dermatitis—Challenges and unmet needs

Torsten Zuberbier*, Lisa A. Beck, Anna Bedbrook, Marjolein de Bruin-Weller, Jean Bousquet, Michael Cork, Nikolaos Douladiris, Norito Katoh, Charlotte G. Mortz, Thomas Werfel, Francuzik Wojciech, Andreas Wollenberg, Kristina Siemens, Katarina Stevanovic, Margitta Worm, AD-ICPs Working Group

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Background: GA2LEN-ADCARE is a branch of the largest multidisciplinary network of research centres and clinical care in allergy and asthma, GA2LEN, focussing on the field of atopic dermatitis (AD). AD is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with high burden and many comorbidities requiring different levels of treatment. The need for aligned information from all involved healthcare providers led to the discussion of an integrated care pathway (ICP) plan for AD patient care involving all stakeholders and considering the complexity and variability of the disease, with a particular focus placed on the large number of patients with milder forms of AD. Methods: The GA2LEN ADCARE network and all stakeholders, abbreviated the AD-ICPs working group, were involved in the discussion and preparation of the AD-ICPs during a series of subgroup workshops and meetings in years 2020 and 2021. Results: Here we discuss the unmet needs in AD, the methodology for devising an AD-ICP and the ICP action plan. Conclusion: The GA2LEN ADCARE network has outlined the unmet needs in AD and provided an action plan for devising AD-ICPs, considering the complexity and variability of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12236
JournalClinical and Translational Allergy
Issue number3
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

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  • atopic dermatitis
  • eczema
  • guidance
  • integrated care pathways (ICPs)
  • multidisciplinary
  • prevention
  • treatment


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