A concept for integrated care pathways for atopic dermatitis—A GA2LEN ADCARE initiative

Torsten Zuberbier, Amir Abdul Latiff, Xenofon Aggelidis, Matthias Augustin, Radu Gheorghe Balan, Christine Bangert, Lisa Beck, Thomas Bieber, Jonathan A. Bernstein, Marta Bertolin Colilla, Alejandro Berardi, Anna Bedbrook, Carsten Bindslev-Jensen, Jean Bousquet, Marjolein de Bruin-Weller, Dayanne Bruscky, Betul Buyuktiryaki, Giorgio Walter Canonica, Carla Castro, Natia ChanturidzeHerberto Jose Chong-Neto, Chia Yu Chu, Leena Chularojanamontri, Michael Cork, Roberta F.J. Criado, Laia Curto Barredo, Adnan Custovic, Ulf Darsow, Arben Emurlai, Ana de Pablo, Stefano Del Giacco, Giampiero Girolomoni, Tanja Deleva Jovanova, Mette Deleuran, Nikolaos Douladiris, Bruno Duarte, Ruta Dubakiene, Esben Eller, Batya Engel-Yeger, Luis Felipe Ensina, Nelson Rosario Filho, Carsten Flohr, Daria Fomina, Wojciech Francuzik, Maria Laura Galimberti, Ana M. Giménez-Arnau, Kiran Godse, Charlotte Gotthard Mortz, Maia Gotua, Michihiro Hide, Wolfram Hoetzenecker, Nicolas Hunzelmann, Alan Irvine, Carolyn Jack, Ioanna Kanavarou, Norito Katoh, Tamar Kinaciyan, Emek Kocatürk, Kanokvalai Kulthanan, Hilde Lapeere, Susanne Lau, Mariana Machado Forti Nastri, Michael Makris, Eli Mansour, Alexander Marsland, Mara Morelo Rocha Felix, Ana Paula Moschione Castro, Eustachio Nettis, J. F. Nicolas, Audrey Nosbaum, Mikaela Odemyr, Niki Papapostolou, Claudio A.S. Parisi, Sushil Paudel, Jonny Peter, Prakash Pokharel, Luis Puig, Tamara Quint, German Dario Ramon, Frederico Regateiro, Giampaolo Ricci, Cristine Rosario, Cansin Sackesen, Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier, Esther Serra-Baldrich, Kristina Siemens, Cathrine Smith, Petra Staubach, Katarina Stevanovic, Özlem Su-Kücük, Gordon Sussman, Simona Tavecchio, Natasa Teovska Mitrevska, Diamant Thaci, Elias Toubi, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Regina Treudler, Zahava Vadasz, Ingrid van Hofman, Maria Teresa Ventura, Zhao Wang, Thomas Werfel, Andreas Wollenberg, Ariana Yang, Yik Weng Yew, Zuotao Zhao, Ricardo Zwiener, Margitta Worm

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Introduction: The integrated care pathways for atopic dermatitis (AD-ICPs) aim to bridge the gap between existing AD treatment evidence-based guidelines and expert opinion based on daily practice by offering a structured multidisciplinary plan for patient management of AD. ICPs have the potential to enhance guideline recommendations by combining interventions and aspects from different guidelines, integrating quality assurance, and describing co-ordination of care. Most importantly, patients can enter the ICPs at any level depending on AD severity, resources available in their country, and economic factors such as differences in insurance reimbursement systems. Methods: The GA2LEN ADCARE network and partners as well as all stakeholders, abbreviated as the AD-ICPs working group, were involved in the discussion and preparation of the AD ICPs during a series of subgroup workshops and meetings in years 2020 and 2021, after which the document was circulated within all GAL2EN ADCARE centres. Results: The AD-ICPs outline the diagnostic procedures, possible co-morbidities, different available treatment options including differential approaches for the pediatric population, and the role of the pharmacists and other stakeholders, as well as remaining unmet needs in the management of AD. Conclusion: The AD-ICPs provide a multidisciplinary plan for improved diagnosis, treatment, and patient feedback in AD management, as well as addressing critical unmet needs, including improved access to care, training specialists, implementation of educational programs, assessment on the impact of climate change, and fostering a personalised treatment approach. By focusing on these key areas, the initiative aims to pave the way for a brighter future in the management of AD.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12299
JournalClinical and Translational Allergy
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2023


  • ICP
  • atopic dermatitis
  • eczema
  • guidance
  • integrated care pathways
  • multidisciplinary
  • prevention
  • treatment


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