Extended documentation for hand dermatitis patients: Pilot study on irritant exposures

Wolfgang Uter, Andrea Bauer, Lynda Bensefa-Colas, Richard Brans, Marie Noëlle Crépy, Ana Giménez-Arnau, Francesca Larese Filon, Suzana Ljubojević Hadžavdić, Maria Pesonen, Marie L. Schuttelaar, Mark Wilkinson, Carola Lidén

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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd Background: Irritant exposure may be a contributory cause or the sole cause of (occupational) hand dermatitis. However, the documentation of irritant exposures in clinical practice is not standardized. Objectives: To examine the feasibility and usefulness of a form with different items addressing both occupational and non-occupational irritant exposures in a semiquantitative way. Methods: Between May 2016 and May 2017, successive patients with work-related hand dermatitis, irrespective of aetiology, were examined in 9 specialized European departments. Department-specific investigation was supplemented with the above proforma. The results were recorded by use of an anonymized secured online documentation system in a pilot study. Results: Altogether, 193 patients were included; 114 females and 79 males, with a mean age of 40 years (range 18–68 years). The most common occupational group comprised healthcare workers (n = 35); occupational exposure of the hands to gloves, dusts and water without detergents of >2 hours/day was seen in 54.5%, 24.4% and 24.3% of patients, respectively. Non-occupational exposures rarely exceeded 2 hours/day. Conclusions: It is hoped that the set of descriptors will offer a basis for (clinical) epidemiological studies assessing the role of irritant exposures in occupational hand dermatitis, and to support a high level of quality and consistency in daily patient care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-174
JournalContact Dermatitis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • contact dermatitis
  • epidemiology
  • exposure assessment
  • hand dermatitis
  • irritants
  • occupational skin disease


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