Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Effective Management of Atopic Dermatitis

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 1.20
    • CPH: 1.00
    • TSBSWE: 1.00
    • UNTHSC: 1.00
    • Physicians: 1.00
    • Counselor: 1.00
    • PT: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Aug 29, 2018
  • Expires: Aug 29, 2020
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
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Jack Cohen Jack Cohen, DO
Private Practice
Keller, Texas

Needs Statement

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting up to one in every five children worldwide. Primary Care Providers (PCPs) must be aware of the social aspects of the disease, as well risks for psychosocial developments. Differential diagnosis skill development is essential. PCPs need current, evidence‐based information on all approved therapies and should be able to distinguish benefits and risks for patients to present balanced options and practice patient‐centric care. Clinical guidelines on AD should be adapted for non‐specialist practice and presented in a way that is beneficial for PCPs. PCPs must be able to effectively and empathically communicate about AD and provide complete information in a supportive way to improve management. As many as eight of ten patients have topical corticosteroid TCS phobia, and about half of the patients with it exhibit treatment nonadherence due to stoppage or misuse. Providers should be able to identify and discuss TCS phobia with parents and provide accurate and current information about TCSs and alternatives that may improve adherence. This presentation will provide information which should assist providers with the diagnosis, management and ability to address barriers to the treatment of AD.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to address the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, licensed professional counselors, physical therapists and certified public health professionals.


  • Apply primary care-focused and patient-centric guidelines to the diagnosis, management and treatment of atopic dermatitis.
  • Identify and address patient and provider barriers to adherence and effective management and treatment of atopic dermatitis, including effective communication, topical corticosteroid phobia and proper use of emollient agents.
  • Review data on newer agents approved for atopic dermatitis and potential impact of disease treatment and patient adherence, and
  • Improve the quality of patient care related to AD.



The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.00 hour of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.


UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.20 Contact Hours.

Physical Therapists

UNT Health Science Center is accredited by Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX. This activity is approved for 1.00 CCU for PTs and PTAs.

For successful completion, a participant must attend the program, complete the evaluation, and request credit online at conclusion of the activity.

The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

Social Workers

This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

Licensed Professional Counselors


University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.

Certified Public Health

This activity is approved for 1.00 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

IOM Competencies

  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Employ evidence-based practice

Faculty Disclosure

Jack B. Cohen, DO has nothing to disclose. The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO Staff has nothing to disclose. This activity will include discussion of off-label uses of medications.