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Improving pediatric atopic dermatitis care in the emergency department and primary care setting: a collaborative quality improvement pilot project


Emergency department visits and healthcare expenditures for pediatric atopic dermatitis have been increasing over the last two decades. There is a paucity of replicable quality improvement initiatives addressed at educating primary care and emergency medicine clinicians on this condition. The goal of this initiative was to improve clinician knowledge and comfort in the diagnosis and management of pediatric atopic dermatitis and superinfection. Clinicians were recruited via email from academic and community settings in Travis County, Texas, in 2020. They were sent a pre-intervention survey, a series of three quizzes, and a post-intervention survey. After each quiz, participants received performance feedback and various forms of multimodal education. Differences between the first and final quiz scores and clinician confidence levels were analyzed for statistical significance. Fifty-six clinicians completed the intervention. The average overall and treatment-specific scores increased significantly by 10% and 37%, respectively. Further, confidence levels improved significantly in the majority of clinicians. Clinician qualitative feedback revealed high satisfaction. Results from this educational quality improvement project have demonstrated that this is an effective and replicable resource for educating clinicians who manage pediatric atopic dermatitis in the emergency department and outpatient setting.

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