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Importance of therapeutic patient education in icthyosis: results of a prospective single reference center study.

Abstract : BACKGROUND: Ichthyoses are a heterogeneous group of rare genodermatoses. Patients and their families face difficulties related to daily care and management that may be aggravated by social isolation.ObjectivesTo evaluate the impact of therapeutic educational programs in improving the knowledge of ichthyosis patients, and their relatives, about their disease.Patients and methods: We organized a two sessions-program of "know-how" dedicated to the overall management of ichthyoses. These sessions were conducted based on a tool specifically designed for the study, which addressed our various areas of expertise through a collective game. The participants (patients and their parents and siblings) were divided into groups, and the questions were tailored according to the participants' age. The program was conceived as a knowledge reinforcement program that took place during a weekend of education and rest, organized away from healthcare structures. Our aim was to facilitate the program in a neutral place to encourage respite care and to ensure the availability of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. RESULTS: After the reinforcement session, children aged from 6 to 12 years and their families acquired the targeted know-how and social skills. CONCLUSION: Benefits of TPE in the management of ichthyoses are the following: (1) the trust between patients their families and the caregivers was strengthened; (2) the context of the program encouraged self-expression, answered questions and provided mutual aid; and (3) the more self-sufficient families could better manage emergencies.
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Helene Dufresne, Smail Hadj-Rabia, Charles Taïeb, Christine Bodemer. Importance of therapeutic patient education in icthyosis: results of a prospective single reference center study.. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, BioMed Central, 2013, 8 (1), pp.113. ⟨10.1186/1750-1172-8-113⟩. ⟨inserm-00853143⟩



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