The Critical Role of Pediatric Clinicians in Achieving Best Practices in Atopic Dermatitis Assessment, Management, and Referral




Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic relapsing and remitting inflammatory skin disease that affects 7.2% of adults and 12% of children. Disability and a poor quality of life (QOL) are associated with AD, particularly among patients who are suboptimally managed. Pediatricians and primary care providers (PCPs) are often the first point-of-contact for patients with AD.

Although PCPs and pediatricians are seeing an increase in AD cases, recent evidence shows these clinicians are lacking in their ability to accurately diagnose and assess disease severity. In a recent survey, only 29% of PCPs were able to recognize essential features and characteristic distribution of AD to support diagnosis. Another survey found a discrepancy between how physicians and patients rate AD severity, with patients focusing more on skin-related QOL outcomes and physicians focusing more on sleep disturbance. Many moderate-to-severe cases of AD in adulthood often begin as early-onset disease that was suboptimally treated or miscategorized. This activity will address these educational gaps among PCPs and pediatricians, and application of the knowledge gained will improve outcomes for patients with AD.


Peter Lio, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor​
Dermatology & Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine​
Founding Director
Chicago Integrative Eczema Center
Chicago, Illinois


Release date: September 30, 2021
Expiration date: September 30, 2022
Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour



This educational initiative has been designed for pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners involved in the management of patients with AD.


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

  • Integrate evidence-based diagnostic criteria and assessment strategies into the routine identification and evaluation of children and adults with known or suspected AD
  • Apply current guideline recommendations to the effective management of children and adults with AD
  • Review safety and efficacy data on new and emerging therapies for children and adults with AD
  • Demonstrate prompt referral of patients with AD to specialist care in accordance with guideline recommendations and best practices

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of September 30, 2021 through September 30, 2022 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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Peter Lio, MD
Speaker: Eli Lilly, Galderma, LEO, L’Oréal, Pfizer, Regeneron/Sanofi Genzyme
Advisory Board: AbbVie, Almirall, Altus Labs, Amyris, AOBiome, Arbonne, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, Bodewell, Burt’s Bees, Dermavant, Eli Lilly, Exeltis, Galderma, IntraDerm, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, KPAway, LEO Pharmaceuticals, Level Ex, L’Oréal, Menlo Therapeutics, Micreos, My-Or Diagnostics, Pfizer, Pierre-Fabre, Regeneron/Sanofi Genzyme, Theraplex, Unilever, Verrica, YobeeCare
Research: AbbVie, AOBiome, Regeneron/Sanofi Genzyme
Patent Holder: Theraplex AIM (Patent Pending)
Stockholder: Altus Labs, KPAway, LearnSkin, Micreos, YobeeCare

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