Title

Improving hidradenitis suppurativa patient education using written action plan: a randomized controlled trial

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-27-2021

Publication Title

The Journal of dermatological treatment

Abstract

The waxing-and-waning nature of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), complex treatment plans, along with variable responsiveness to therapy, can create management challenges for patients. In this pilot cross-over randomized controlled trial, we aim to evaluate the effectiveness a HS-written action plan (HSWAP) on patient disease understanding and confidence in recognizing flares and adjusting management. Participants were randomized into a pre-crossover control group that received a verbal consultation (VC)-only, and an intervention group which received the VC + HSWAP. The pre-crossover control group then crossed over (post-crossover control) to also receive the VC + HSWAP (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04600375). Patient comprehension of their disease and management steps was high after both a thorough VC and HSWAPs. However, the majority of patients prefer receiving both a VC and a HSWAP. After the addition of the HSWAP, pre-crossover control group patients' understanding and confidence of their disease and management plan increased across all surveyed questions.

PubMed ID

34579620

ePublication

ePub ahead of print

First Page

1

Last Page

3

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