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

Wolfgang Uter*, Andrea Bauer, Lynda Bensefa-Colas, Richard Brans, Marie-Noelle Crepy, Ana Gimenez-Arnau, Francesca Larese Filon, Suzana Ljubojevic Hadzavdic, Maria Pesonen, Marie L. Schuttelaar, Mark Wilkinson, Carola Liden

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BackgroundIrritant 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.

ObjectivesTo examine the feasibility and usefulness of a form with different items addressing both occupational and non-occupational irritant exposures in a semiquantitative way.

MethodsBetween 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.

ResultsAltogether, 193 patients were included; 114 females and 79 males, with a mean age of 40years (range 18-68years). The most common occupational group comprised healthcare workers (n =35); occupational exposure of the hands to gloves, dusts and water without detergents of >2hours/day was seen in 54.5%, 24.4% and 24.3% of patients, respectively. Non-occupational exposures rarely exceeded 2hours/day.

ConclusionsIt 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
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2018


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

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