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Eczema Care Online is a programme of research that aims to promote effective eczema self-care by improving individuals' knowledge of eczema treatments as well as influence attitude and skills about their use. We will accomplish this by completing the following interconnected work projects.

The research is planned to run from September 2017 to Febuary 2023.

Project 1: Identifying support needs of people affected by eczema


Explore the support needs and barriers to self-care through reviewing the existing evidence as well as conducting surveys and interviews with people with eczema and people who care for someone with eczema.

Objectives: Gain an understanding of experiences of eczema, including self-care support needs and patient/carer views on, and experience of, using eczema treatments.

Information sheets (PDF):

For parents
For young adults
For children 6 to 12 years
For children 5 years or younger

About us

Meet the team


If you'd like to take part in our survey, click one of the links below:

Parents Young Adults



Project 2: Collating evidence on treatment safety

wp2 Systematically review existing evidence on topical corticosteroid safety.

Objectives: Establish current best evidence on the safety of topical corticosteroids and use this to create tools to support shared decision making and shared understanding between health professionals and people with eczema.


Project 3: Developing supportive technology

wp3 Develop two online interventions to help support self-care: one for parents/carers of children with eczema and one for teenagers and young adults with eczema.

Objectives: Create two self-care support interventions designed to target and influence behaviour, with content tailored according to aspects such as age and eczema severity.


Project 4: Testing the technology

wp4 Determine clinical and cost-effectiveness of the online interventions compared to standard care by performing two randomised controlled trials with health economic analyses.

Objectives: Feasibility randomised controlled trials will establish the trial recruitment and viability, and the full-scale trials will dermine clinical and cost effectiveness


Project 5: Putting the results into practice

wp5 Investigate how the interventions can be integrated into clinical practice and facilitate their uptake should they prove clinically and cost-effective.

Objectives: Support the interpretation of the findings and facilitate uptake of the interventions and engage with clinical communities to promote sign-posting towards interventions.


Project 6: Stakeholder Engagement

wp6 Work in partnership with patients/carers and healthcare professionals throughout the project to enable the tasks undertaken are developed and implemented in a way which takes into account the experience of patients and the needs of both communities.

Objectives: To ensure the research is relevant to patients and the healthcare professionals who treat them.










This webpage presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (project number  RP-PG-0216-20007). The views and opinions expressed on this webpage are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR, the National Health Service or the Department of Health.

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 1048