The Role of the Family Physician in Achieving Optimal Outcomes in Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis




Atopic dermatitis (AD) is frequently misdiagnosed in clinical practice due to a lack of standardized terminology and tests, causing inappropriate treatment of AD to also be widely prevalent in current clinical practice. In addition to gaps in patient care, financial burden and limitations to access may reduce the effectiveness of treatment in patients with AD. Several lines of evidence have confirmed that patients with moderate to severe AD report poor quality of life due to inadequately controlled disease. Primary care clinicians play a pivotal role in the management of patients with AD by referring patients with moderate to severe AD to a specialist, providing ongoing maintenance care after specialist evaluation, and managing patients with mild or more episodic AD themselves.



Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR
Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon


Release date: September 27, 2019
Expiration date: September 27, 2020
Estimated time to complete activity: 1.0 hour(s)



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


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

  • Utilize updated criteria and guidelines to accurately diagnose AD
  • Assess and document disease severity in individual patients
  • Review updated guidelines and evaluate available clinical data for therapies utilized in the treatment of AD
  • Describe indications for specialist referral of patients with AD and review best practices for co-management of moderate to severe disease with specialist physicians

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of September 27, 2019 through September 27, 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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Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR
Consulting Fees: AbbVie; Eli Lilly; Forte Bio Rx; Orhto Dermatologics; Pierre Fabre Dermo Cosmetiue; Pfizer; Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Contracted Research: AbbVie; Eli Lilly; Kyowa Hakko Kirin; Leo Pharma; Pfizer; Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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