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The views of children and young people on the use of silk garments for the treatment of eczema: a nested qualitative study within the CLOTHing for the relief of Eczema Symptoms (CLOTHES) randomized controlled trial

Wake, E. V.; Batchelor, J.; Lawton, S.; Thomas, K. S.; Harrison, E. F.; Cowdell, F. C.; the U.K. Dermatology Clinical Trials Network's CLOTHES Trial Team

Authors

E. V. Wake

J. Batchelor

S. Lawton

K. S. Thomas

E. F. Harrison

F. C. Cowdell

the U.K. Dermatology Clinical Trials Network's CLOTHES Trial Team

Abstract

Many children suffer with skin diseases, but to date, most dermatological research has been done ‘on’ rather than ‘with’ children; in this study we actively sought the experiences of children and young people. Atopic eczema (AE) is a chronic, itchy, inflammatory skin condition that affects around 20% of children and can impact on health and wellbeing for children and their families. The role of specialist clothing in the management of AE is poorly understood. Objectives The aim of this study, which was nested in a randomised controlled trial was to qualitatively examine child participants’ experiences of using silk garments for the treatment of AE. Methods Eighteen children aged 5-15, who took part in the CLOTHES trial, participated in age-appropriate individual interviews or focus groups. Results Thematic analysis generated 4 themes directly related to the garments: i) expectations of the garments; ii) wearing the silk garments; iii) did they help? and iv) thoughts about the garments. The conclusions from this nested qualitative study are that: there was some limited improvement in eczema for some children but that the hoped for ‘miracle cure’ did not transpire. A mixed picture of knowledge, beliefs and experiences of using the silk garments emerged. Conclusion Engaging children in the evaluation of the garments provided first hand nuanced insights that enhanced understanding of the CLOTHES study as a whole. This nested study demonstrates that children can and indeed want to be engaged in dermatological research in meaningful ways that add to our understanding of treatment options.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Journal British Journal of Dermatology
Print ISSN 0007-0963
Electronic ISSN 1365-2133
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 178
Issue 1
Pages 183-190
Institution Citation Wake, E. V., Batchelor, J., Lawton, S., Thomas, K. S., Harrison, E. F., Cowdell, F. C., & the U.K. Dermatology Clinical Trials Network's CLOTHES Trial Team, . (2018). The views of children and young people on the use of silk garments for the treatment of eczema: a nested qualitative study within the CLOTHing for the relief of Eczema Symptoms (CLOTHES) randomized controlled trial. British journal of dermatology, 178(1), 183-190. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.15909
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.15909
Keywords CLOTHES; Eczema; Treatment; Children; Young people; Qualitative study
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjd.15909/abstract;jsessionid=9B70C3C099EEC07393EA4BA392B6DBB3.f02t01
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in British journal of dermatology, 2018. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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