Advancing Diagnosis and Management of Atopic Dermatitis in Children and Adolescents

Release date: February 20, 2019
Expiration date: February 20, 2020
Estimated time to complete activity: 75 minutes



Peter A. Lio, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dermatology and Pediatrics
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois


Elaine C. Siegfried, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology
Director, Division of Pediatric Dermatology
Saint Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri


Atopic dermatitis (AD) and its associated comorbidities represent a significant healthcare burden due in large part to gaps in care and unmet medical needs pertaining to its diagnosis, assessment and treatment.

Difficulties associated with physician-patient-caregiver interaction that impacts patient adherence are common. Clinicians frequently assume that the information given during an office visit will be carried out appropriately. However, the use of a shared decision-making model has been stressed by the US Institute of Medicine in the clinical setting. The identified limitations of physician communication with patients and caregivers, combined with the fact that families do not routinely feel comfortable with the management of their children’s skin disease highlights a critical gap in care of children and adolescents with AD.

 Improving clinician-patient-caregiver communication is critical to ensure improved outcomes in AD. This program will provide strategies to engage patients in their care, including the use of a written action plan for AD. It will also review updated guidelines, recommendations, and recent clinical evidence to inform treatment decisions to alleviate symptom burden of AD and its severity.


This educational initiative has been designed for pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants involved in the management of children and adolescents with AD.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review updated guidelines to accurately diagnose AD and make treatment decisions based on severity for children and adolescents
  • Evaluate recent clinical evidence on the utility of approved and emerging biologic agents that treat moderate-to-severe AD
  • Describe effectiveness of shared decision making in pediatric conditions and using action plan components for managing AD

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of February 20, 2019 through February 20, 2020, participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.




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The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

Peter A. Lio, MD
Consulting Fees: AbbVie, Eli Lilly, Exeltis, Galderma, gPower, Heel, IntraDerm, Johnson & Johnson, Kiniksa, L’Oreal/La Roche Posay, Pfizer, Pierre-Fabre, Realm, Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Theraplex, UCB, Unilever, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Speakers’ Bureaus: Galderma, La Roche Posay, Pfizer, Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Contracted Research: AOBiome, Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Ownership Interests: Altus Labs/Franklin Biosci, DermVeda, Syncere Skin Systems, Theraplex 

Elaine C. Siegfried, M.D.
Fees for Non-CME/CE Services: Pfizer, Regeneron
Contracted Research: Eli Lilly, Regeneron, Verrica Pharmaceuticals
Ownership Interests: Janssen & DSMD: Pfizer, Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Michelle R. Rizzo, ELS, hereby states that she or her spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.


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Supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

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