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As part of its mission to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support and education, the National Eczema Association (NEA) advocates for better medical care.
Current eczema care is often fractured, uncoordinated, and many practitioners have not yet been informed about the best treatment protocols and emerging eczema medical research. It is precisely because of this current profile of eczema care that there is both a great need and rare opportunity to develop a new paradigm and structure, one that is aligned with best practices, and based on an interdisciplinary model.
To answer this need, NEA has established the Coalition United for Better Eczema Care (CUBE-C). CUBE-C is a network of cross-specialty leaders, patients and caregivers, constructing an educational curriculum based on standards of effective treatment and disease management.
Treatment protocols have been compiled to review the holistic reality of typical eczema patients, and address quality-of-life considerations, patient and family preference, adherence and compliance issues, and evidence-based alternative and complementary treatments. The entire curriculum is underpinned with “shared decision-making” which is when health care providers, patients, and families work together to select therapies.
The precise education modules, presented in PowerPoint-based slide decks, are:
The PowerPoint slide decks will be open access and available on this site soon. Further, ongoing in person healthcare providers symposia and an enduring series are in process in 2018.
Eight articles covering the CUBE-C curriculum have been published in Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery in fall 2017. Access them here.