Eczema perception and understanding of topical steroid use among parents or caregivers of children with atopic eczema in Malaysia

Kuan C. Yap, Kaitian Koo, Sabeera B.K. Ibrahim, Adliah Mhd Ali, Noraida Mohamed Shah

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The objective of this research was to investigate illness perception and topical corticosteroid phobia phenomenon among parents of children with atopic eczema (AE) and the association between them. This cross-sectional study was conducted at the paediatric AE clinic at a tertiary care centre in Malaysia. Parents/caregivers of children with AE were invited to answer questionnaires on sociodemo-graphic characteristics, details of AE, the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (B-IPQ) and the Topical Corticosteroid Phobia (TOPICOP©) questionnaire. A total of 136 parents/caregivers of children with AE participated in this study. Most parents perceived their child's AE as moderately threatening (4.90 on a 0-10 scale) with severe concern about their child's AE (7.93 on a 0-10 scale). Overall, 59.6% of the parents expressed a certain extent of topical corticosteroid phobia (54.94 ± 16.92%). Therapeutic education on judicious use of topical corticosteroids should be provided to parents of children with AE to address the misconceptions regarding topical corticosteroid use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalLatin American Journal of Pharmacy
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Eczema
Malaysia
Atopic Dermatitis
Caregivers
Parents
Steroids
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Phobic Disorders
Tertiary Care Centers
Cross-Sectional Studies
Pediatrics
Education
Research

Keywords

  • Atopic eczema
  • Illness perception
  • Malaysia
  • Topical corticophobia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery

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Eczema perception and understanding of topical steroid use among parents or caregivers of children with atopic eczema in Malaysia. / Yap, Kuan C.; Koo, Kaitian; Ibrahim, Sabeera B.K.; Mhd Ali, Adliah; Mohamed Shah, Noraida.

In: Latin American Journal of Pharmacy, Vol. 38, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 73-79.

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