PH-DA: a protocol for observational real-life study of homeopathic treatment of atopic dermatitis in the outpatient private and institutional setting

Background and aims: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic non-infectious skin inflammatory disease, mostly affecting children, whose incidence and prevalence are increasing in developed and developing countries, affecting the quality of life (QOL) of both patients and caregivers. Conventional medical treatment is mostly restricted to long-term use of emollients and corticoids, with the consequent adverse effects. In homeopathy, AD represents about one-third of outpatient visits due to skin-related complaints, however, the efficacy and effectiveness of homeopathic treatment are controversial, whereas most studies do not take into account the real-life conditions of homeopathic clinical practice. The aim of the present study was to develop an observational real-life research protocol applicable to the actual conditions of outpatient homeopathic practice in the private and institutional setting.

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