English version of the interim report published in 1998 by the members of the Advisory Committee on Atopic Dermatitis Severity Classification Criteria of the Japanese Dermatological Association

Hikotaro Yoshida, Toshiyuki Aoki, Masutaka Furue, Hachiro Tagami, Fumio Kaneko, Fujio Ohtsuka, Kiyoshi Nishioka, Kiyoshi Toda, Masako Mizoguchi, Hideo Nakayama, Zenro Ikezawa, Masahiro Takigawa, Jiro Arata, Shoso Yamamoto, Yoichi Tanaka, Masahide Ishigaki, Tadashi Kusunoki, Kunihiko Yoshikawa

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Abstract

The Japanese Dermatological Association established an advisory committee in 1995 to set up severity scoring systems for atopic dermatitis (AD). Its interim report was published in Japanese in the Japanese Journal of Dermatology (108: 1491-1496, 1998) by Chairman Hikotaro Yoshida. Because of the strong demand for an English version, we have decided to publish the report in English. This prospective study was designed to evaluate the status of 259 AD patients using Method 1, which involves a simple global evaluation of disease severity; Method 2, which involves global evaluation by summing severity scores obtained from five body regions (i.e. the head and neck, anterior and posterior trunks, and upper and lower limbs); Method 3, which consists of both assessment of the extent of involved areas at each of the five body regions and that of the severity scores of each eruption component observed in the most severely affected body region; and Method 4, which consists of the evaluation of only subjective components (daytime pruritus and sleep disturbance). Employing the results obtained with Method 1 as a tentative benchmark, we analyzed its correlation with those of Methods 2, 3 and 4 to statistically assess the validity and reliability of these methods. Method 2, Method 3 and the portion of Method 4 involving evaluation of only the subjective symptom of daytime pruritus but not the sleep disturbance were considered useful in evaluating AD severity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-631
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Dermatology
Volume38
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2011

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  • Dermatology

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    Yoshida, H., Aoki, T., Furue, M., Tagami, H., Kaneko, F., Ohtsuka, F., Nishioka, K., Toda, K., Mizoguchi, M., Nakayama, H., Ikezawa, Z., Takigawa, M., Arata, J., Yamamoto, S., Tanaka, Y., Ishigaki, M., Kusunoki, T., & Yoshikawa, K. (2011). English version of the interim report published in 1998 by the members of the Advisory Committee on Atopic Dermatitis Severity Classification Criteria of the Japanese Dermatological Association. Journal of Dermatology, 38(7), 625-631. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1346-8138.2011.01285.x