Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Physicians help their patients with atopic dermatitis and other forms of eczema better understand and manage their skin condition.
In recognition of October as National Eczema Awareness Month, Vivacare has expanded the eczema education resources it makes available to the 6,000 allergists, dermatologists and primary care physicians enrolled for Vivacare’s “From Your Doctor” patient education service.
Physicians use Vivacare to enhance their own practice Websites with customizable patient handouts, patient eNewsletters, and other resources to help patients better understand and manage their health. They can now supplement their practice Website with a variety of in-depth patient handouts about the different types of eczema (atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, nummular eczema), eczema treatment options (antihistamines, barrier agents, corticosteroids, Elidel, and Protopic) and skin care advice, such as the regular use of moisturizers and potential benefits of bleach baths.
The eczema content includes links to the National Eczema Association (NEA) so that patients learn more about this organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of individual with eczema through research, support and education.
“Patient seek health information from the source they trust most….their own doctor, and Vivacare makes it easy for doctors to provide patients with relevant health information that supports their professional approach to care’, said Mark Becker, M.D. pediatrician and President of Vivacare. Dr. Becker added that ‘by providing doctors with in-depth resources about eczema, we help them inform their patients of ways they can manage this common skin condition.”
Vivacare is a patient education company based in Berkeley, California that makes it easy for medical professionals to share practical health information with their patients, leading to improved clinical care and patient satisfaction. The patient education service is available at no cost to physicians within 12 medical specialties, including allergists, dermatologists, and primary care physicians.
Vivacare partners with a variety of medical organizations, including patient advocacy groups and pharmaceutical firms to cost-effectively distribute information about their products and services at the point of care. Vivacare has implemented programs that support the management of patients with actinic keratoses, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, rosacea, and tremor.
Eczema and dermatitis are similar terms used to describe an itchy rash with inflamed skin that can range from mild to severe. There are multiple types of eczema defined by their location, appearance and underlying cause with atopic dermatitis being the most common.
Mary Ann Walker