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Dermatitis Family Impact (DFI)

Publications describing the use


Lawson V, Lewis-Jones M S, Finlay A Y, Reid P, Owens RG.  The family impact of childhood atopic dermatitis:  the Dermatitis Family Impact questionnaire.  Br J Dermatol 1998; 138: 107-113.



Lewis-Jones MS, Finlay AY, Dykes PJ.  Measurement of the impact of atopic dermatitis on infant’s and their families lives.  British Journal of Dermatology 1999; 141 (Suppl 55): 105-106.



Foo C, Schofield OM.  Influences on the quality of family life in atopic eczema.  British Journal of Dermatology 2000; 143 (Suppl 5): 45.

Shin N, Kim SH, Cho S, Whang KK, Hahm JH. The impact of childhood atopic dermatitis on their families. Korean J Dermatol 2000; 38: 494-499.



Aziah M S, Rosnah T, Mardziah A, Norzila M Z.  Childhood atopic dermatitis:  a measurement of quality of life and family impact.  Med J Malaysia  2002; 57:  329-39.

Ben-Gashir M A, Seed P T, Hay R J.  Are quality of family life and disease severity related in childhood atopic dermatitis?  JEADV 2002; 16: 455-462.

Chinn DL, Poyner T, Sibley G. Randomised controlled trial of a single dermatology nurse consultation in primary care on the quality of life of children with atopic eczema. Br J Dermatol 2002; 146: 432-9.  

Thomas KS, Armstrong S, Avery A, Po AL, O’Neill C, Young S, Williams HC.  Randomised controlled trial of short bursts of a potent corticosteroid versus prolonged use of a mild preparation for children with mild or moderate atopic eczema. BMJ 2002; 324 (7340): 768.



Balkrishanan R, Housman T S, Grummer S, Rapp S R, Jan Clarke R N, Steven R, Feldman M D, Fleischer A B.  The family impact of atopic dermatitis in children:  The role of the parent caregiver.  Ped Dermatol 2003; 20(1): 5–10.

Balkrishnan R, Manuel Janeen, Clarke J, Carroll CL, Housman TS, Fleischer AB. Effects of an episode of specialist care on the impct of childhood atopic dermatitis on the child’s family. J Pediatr Health Care 2003; 17: 184-9.

Ben-Gashir MA. Relationship between quality of life and disease severity in atopic dermatitis/eczema syndrome during childhood. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2003; 3: 369-373.

Humbert Ph, Basses-Bresca S, van der Valk P, Mengeaud V, Ermosilla V, Boyer F, Merot F.  Interest of an emollient combination of two hygiene products and a cream containing Oak Rhealba ® extract in atopic dermatitis.  JEADV 2003; 17 (Suppl 3): 174.



Beattie P E, Lewis-Jones M S.  A pilot study on the use of wet wraps in infants with moderate atopic eczema.  Clin Exp Dermatol 2004; 29(4): 348-353.

Taïeb C, Macy G, Sibaud V, Myon E.  Atopic dermatitis:  European evaluation in young children.  JEADV 2004; 18 (Suppl 2): 300.



Baron S E, Layton A, Goulden V.  A pilot study of hypnotherapy to treat adults and children with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis.  Br J Dermatol 2005; 153 (Suppl 1): 37.

Beattie P E, Lewis-Jones M S.  An audit of the usefulness of quality of life measures in secondary care for assessing the impact of atopic dermatitis on infants and their families and the benefit obtained from consultation with a dermatology team.  BJD 2005; 153 (Suppl 1): 82.

Weber M, Mazzotti N, Barzenski B, Silva T.  Evaluation of the quality of life in patients with atopic dermatitis participating in support groups.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2005; 52 (Suppl 1): 70.

Yang SJ, Yun SJ, Lee JW, Kim SJ, Won YH, Lee SC. Relationship between severity of childhood atopic dermatitis and subject’s characteristics including psychological, behavioural and familial problems. Korean J Dermatol 2005; 43: 1170-1176.



Beattie P E, Lewis-Jones M S.  An audit of the impact of a consultation with a paediatric dermatology team on quality of life in infants with atopic eczema and their families:  further validation of the Infants’ Dermatitis Quality of Life Index and Dermatitis Family Impact Score.  Br J Dermatol 2006; 155: 1249-1255.

Grillo M, Gassner L, Marshman G, Dunn S, Hudson P. Pediatric atopic eczema: the impact of an educational intervention. Pediatr Dermatol 2006; 23: 428-436.



de Belilovsky C, Chdoutaud B, Msika P.  Cosmetics and quality of life.  JEADV 2007;

Ganemo A, Svensson A, Lindberg M, Wahlgren C-F.  Quality of life in Swedish children with eczema.  Acta Derm Venereol 2007; 87:345-349.

Grimalt R, Mengeaud V, Cambazard F, Study Investigators’ Group. The steroid-sparing effect of an emollient therapy in infants with atopic dermatitis: a randomized controlled study. Dermatology 2007; 214: 61-7.

Msika P.  New natural PPAR-a agonist for childhood atopic dermatitis:  Dermocorti-coid-sparing and quality of life improvement.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2007; February AB67.

Ricci G, Bendandi B, Bellini F, Patrizi A, Masi M. Atopic dermatitis: quality of life of young Italian children and their families and correlation with severity score. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2007; 18: 245-9.

Park CK, Park CW, Lee CH. Quality of life and the family impact of atopic dermatitis in children. Korean J Dermatol 2007; 45: 429-438.



Chernyshov P V.  Creation and cross-cultural adaptation of Ukrainian versions of questionnaires for assessment of quality of life of children with atopic dermatitis and their families.  Lik Sprava 2008; 1-2: 124-8.

Rice Z P, Pavlis M B, Veledar E, Bradley B R, Spraker M K, Chen S C.  Family impact of cutaneous disease in the ectodermal dysplasia.  J Investig Dermatol 2008; 128: 2552.

Thomas K S & Sach T H.  A multicentre randomized controlled trial of ion-exchange water softeners for the treatment of eczema in children:  protocol for the Softened Water Eczema Trial (SWET) (ISRCTN: 71423189).  Br J Dermatol  2008;159: 561-566.

Weber MB, Fontes Neto Pde T, Prati C, Soirefman M, Mazzotti NG, Barzenski B, Cestari TF. Improvement of pruritus and quality of life of children with atopic dermatitis and their families after joining support groups. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2008; 22: 992-7.



Ahmad K, Ramsay B.  Measuring the impact on quality of life of infants with topic dermatitis in a dedicated clinic.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2009; P305, AB6.

Alvarenga TM, Caldeira AP. Quality of life in pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis. J Pediatr (Rio J) 2009; 85: 415-20.

Chernyshov P V.  May the gender of a parent influence assessment of health-related quality of life, family impact and severity of atopic dermatitis in children?  Pediatric Dermatology 2009; 26: 99-100.

Eghlileb A M, Basra M K A, Finlay A Y.  The Psoriasis Family Index:  preliminary results of validation of a quality of life instrument for family members of patients with psoriasis.   Dermatology  2009; 219: 63-70.

Msika P, De Belilovsky C, Piccardi N, Chebassier N, Baudouin C, Chadoutaud B.  New emollient with topical corticosteroid-sparing effect in treatment of childhood atopic dermatitis: SCORAD and quality of life improved.  Pediatric Dermatology 2009; 25(6): 606-612.

Ricci G, Bendandi B, Aiazzi R, Patrizi A, Masi M.  Three years of Italian experience of an educational program for parents of young children affected by atopic dermatitis: improving knowledge produces lower anxiety levels in parents of children with atopic dermatitis. Pediatric Dermatology 2009: 26(1): 1-5.



Al Robaee AA. Clinical trial: reliability and validity of the Arabic version of “Dermatitis Family Impact” questionnaire in children with atopic dermatitis. Int J Dermatol 2010; 49: 1063-7.

Al Robaee AA, Shahzad M. Impairment quality of life in families of children with atopic dermatitis. Acta Dermatovenerol Croat. 2010;18(4):243-7.

Al Shobaili HA. The impact of childhood atopic dermatitis on the patients' family. Pediatr Dermatol. 2010 Nov-Dec;27(6):618-23.

Ganemo A. Quality of life in Swedish children with congenital ichthyosis. Dermatology Reports 2010; 2 (1).

Gerasimov SV, Vasjuta VV, Myhovych OO, Bondarchuk LI. Probiotic supplement reduces atopic dermatitis in preschool children: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial. Am J Clin Dermatol 2010; 11: 351-61.

Ho RC, Giam YC, Ng TP, Mak A, Goh D, Zhang MW, Cheak A, Van Bever HP. The influence of childhood atopic dermatitis on health of mothers, and its impact on Asian families. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2010; 21: 501-7.

Schuttelaar ML, Vermeulen KM, Drukker N, Coenraads PJ. A randomized controlled trial in children with eczema: nurse practitioner vs dermatologist. Br J Dermatol 2010; 162: 162-70


Cox H, Lloyd K, Williams H, Arkwright PD, Brown T, Clark C, Campbell M, Gore C, Hardman C, Langford A, Lewis-Jones S, Lawton S, Ridd M, Russell L, Sohi D, Turnbull R, Venter C, Warner JO Emollients, education and quality of life: the RCPCH care pathway for children with eczema. Arch Dis Child. 2011 Nov;96 Suppl 2:i19-24.

De Belilovsky C, Roo-Rodriguez E, Baudouin C, Menu F, Chadoutaud B, Msika P. Natural peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha agonist cream demonstrates similar therapeutic response to topical steroids in atopic dermatitis. J Dermatolog Treat. 2011 Dec;22(6):359-65.

Farina S, Gisondi P, Zanoni M, Pace M, Rizzoli L, Baldo E, Girolomoni G. Balneotherapy for atopic dermatitis in children at Comano spa in Trentino, Italy. J Dermatolog Treat. 2011 Dec;22(6):366-71.

Gånemo A1, Wahlgren CF, Svensson Å. Quality of life and clinical features in Swedish children with psoriasis. Pediatr Dermatol. 2011 Jul-Aug;28(4):375-9.

Ganemo A. Quality of life in Swedish children with congenital ichthyosis. Dermatology Reports 2010; 2(1): 18-20.

Monti F, Agostini F, Gobbi F, Neri E, Schianchi S, Arcangeli F. Quality of life measures in Italian children with atopic dermatitis and their families. Ital J Pediatr. 2011 Dec 22;37:59

Thomas KS, Dean T, O’Leary C et al. A Randomised controlled trial of Ion-Exchange water softeners for the Treatment of Eczema in Children. PLoS Medicine 2011; 8(2): e1000395.


Amaral CS, March Mde F, Sant'Anna CC. Quality of life in children and teenagers with atopic dermatitis. An Bras Dermatol. 2012 Sep-Oct;87(5):717-23.

Chernyshov PV. Gender differences in health-related and family quality of life in young children with atopic dermatitis. Int J Dermatol. 2012 Mar;51(3):290-4.

Jiráková A, Vojácková N, Göpfertová D, Hercogová J. A comparative study of the impairment of quality of life in Czech children with atopic dermatitis of different age groups and their families. Int J Dermatol. 2012 Jun;51(6):688-92

Neri E, Agostini F, Gremigni P, Gobbi F, Casu G, Chamlin SL, Monti F. Italian validation of the Childhood Atopic Dermatitis Impact Scale: a contribution to its clinical application. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Nov;132(11):2534-43.

Wootton CI, Koller K, Lawton S, O'Leary C, Thomas KS; SWET study team. Are accelerometers a useful tool for measuring disease activity in children with eczema? Validity, responsiveness to change, and acceptability of use in a clinical trial setting. Br J Dermatol. 2012 Nov;167(5):1131-7.


Chernyshov PV, Jirakova A, Ho RC, Moed H, Caldeira AP, Alvarenga TM, Park CW, Hercogova J. An international multicenter study on quality of life and family quality of life in children with atopic dermatitis. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2013 Jan-Feb;79(1):52-8.

Dodington SR, Basra MK, Finlay AY, Salek MS. The Dermatitis Family Impact questionnaire: a review of its measurement properties and clinical application. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Jul;169(1):31-46.

Futamura M, Masuko I, Hayashi K, Ohya Y, Ito K. Effects of a short-term parental education program on childhood atopic dermatitis: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Jul-Aug;30(4):438-43.


Chernyshov PV, Kaliuzhna LD, Reznikova AA, Basra MK. Comparison of the impairment of family quality of life assessed by disease-specific and dermatology-specific instruments in children with atopic dermatitis. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2014 [Epub ahead of print]

Eichenfield LF, Tom WL, Chamlin SL, Feldman SR, Hanifin JM, Simpson EL, Berger TG, Bergman JN, Cohen DE, Cooper KD, Cordoro KM, Davis DM, Krol A, Margolis DJ, Paller AS, Schwarzenberger K, Silverman RA, Williams HC, Elmets CA, Block J, Harrod CG, Smith Begolka W, Sidbury R. Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: section 1. Diagnosis and assessment of atopic dermatitis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Feb;70(2):338-51.