Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common, chronic skin condition seen primarily in children, but also remains common in adults. In the US alone, over 31 million people are affected with a prevalence of over 10% of the population. One in three children with eczema suffer from moderate to severe disease. Furthermore, the proportion of the population suffering from eczema appears to be increasing worldwide. Although there is no cure for eczema, it is treatable. Mild disease can be controlled with many OTC products and prescription medications including topical steroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, and more severe disease with phototherapy and immunosuppressants/biologics.
Eczema Doc is a new medical app produced by Michael O’Brien and written by dermatologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center, San Antonio, TX. The medical app is part of a medical study to see how many patients with eczema will use the app to help with the treatment of eczema. You can opt out of the study when you first open the app. The app provides basic information on the background of eczema, an overview of treatment options, recommended treatments, helpful websites, a quick reference section and references.
You are in clinic seeing a 2 year old and her mother for the child’s 2 year well baby exam. The child clearly has eczema and the mother has been searching the internet for various eczema treatments. Would Eczema Doc be a good app to prescribe to the mother for helping her child’s eczema? Let’s take a look at Eczema Doc in action.
Evidence based medicine
Eczema Doc is designed for patients with, and parents of children with, eczema so the “evidence” isn’t as emphasized in the text as apps for medical providers. However, the medical app has a section with references and the text contains the superscripts to the references. The app is written by dermatologists from UT Southwestern Medical Center so comes from a reputable source.
What providers/patients would benefit from this App?
Students, residents, mid-levels, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Dermatologists, and any patient or parent with children suffering from eczema.
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- Great practical and evidence-based information for patients with eczema.
- Well-referenced and produced by a reputable source.
- Helpful images and instructions for patients and parents.
- Illustrations not zoomable; somewhat small. No pictures.
- No hyperlinks for references to PubMed.
- Would be even better with more robust multimedia: videos of wet wraps for example; full color pictures of eczema lesions; prices on medications and OTC treatments; GPS locations for above.
- Not available for Android.
A simple but helpful app for patients with eczema and parents of children with eczema from a reliable source. Definitely would recommend that providers prescribe this app to these patient populations. This medical app could be more robust with even more details, illustrations, photos, videos, but perhaps that is planned for future updates. It is still a good place to start for many patients suffering from this skin condition.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
It is basic, but easy to use with hyperlinking throughout app, although some sections require too much scrolling.
- Multimedia Usage
Contains quality illustrations for parents and children as well as links to helpful websites, but both sections could be even more robust. No links to references, no videos.
App is free!
- Real World Applicability
This is an app that I will recommend to patients and parents of children with eczema. The app nicely summarizes the current standard of care for eczema and includes helpful illustrations and instructions.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 9.3.1
- Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad