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.
- contact dermatitis
- exposure assessment
- hand dermatitis
- occupational skin disease
- OCCUPATIONAL SKIN DISEASES