Atopic dermatitis diagnostic criteria and outcome measures for clinical trials: still a mess

J Invest Dermatol. 2011 Mar;131(3):557-9. doi: 10.1038/jid.2010.369.


The past 2 decades have seen a heightened interest in atopic dermatitis-related research, leading to an exponential increase in publications. However, large numbers of diagnostic criteria and outcome measures hamper study comparability. The Harmonizing Outcome Measures for Eczema (HOME) initiative addresses the urgent need for consensus, but more work will be required.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Severity of Illness Index*