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Validation of a parental questionnaire to identify atopic dermatitis in a population-based sample of children up to 2 years of age
Department of Dermatology, Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö , Sweden; Department of Public Health Sciences, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.
Primary Care Research Unit, County Council of Värmland, Karlstad, Sweden.
Primary Care Research Unit, County Council of Värmland, Karlstad, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Medicine, Örebro University, Sweden. Primary Care Research Unit, County Council of Värmland, Karlstad, Sweden.
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2013 (English)In: Dermatology, ISSN 1018-8665, E-ISSN 1421-9832, Vol. 226, no 3, p. 222-226Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Validated eczema questionnaires have been available for schoolchildren only, but the incidence of atopic dermatitis (AD) is highest during infancy. Objective: To validate a parental questionnaire to identify AD in children up to 2 years of age.

Methods: Parents of 476 children answered a written questionnaire prior to an examination by a physician. Sensitivity, specificity, predictive values and test-retest reliability of the questionnaire were assessed.

Results: A total of 245 (51%) girls and 231 (49%) boys, aged 1-24 months, with and without physician-diagnosed AD participated. Seventy-one children (15%) had physician-diagnosed AD. Validation of the questionnaire by comparisons with physicians' diagnoses showed a sensitivity of 0.87 (95% confidence interval, CI, 0.77-0.94) and a specificity of 0.98 (95% CI, 0.96-0.99). The positive predictive value was 0.90 (95% CI, 0.80-0.96) and the negative predictive value was 0.98 (95% CI, 0.96-0.99). Conclusion: The questionnaire identified AD in children aged 0-2 years with high accuracy.

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Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger, 2013. Vol. 226, no 3, p. 222-226
Keywords [en]
Child, preschool, dermatitis, atopic/diagnosis, infant, questionnaire, written parental
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Medical and Health Sciences Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
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Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30734DOI: 10.1159/000349983ISI: 000322891600006PubMedID: 23796755Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84882300921OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30734DiVA, id: diva2:646059
Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2018-05-21Bibliographically approved

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