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Journal of Allergy
Volume 2012, Article ID 945617, 5 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of a Parental Questionnaire to Identify Atopic Dermatitis in Infants and Preschool Children

1Department of Dermatology, Institute of Clinical Research in Malmö, Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, 205 02 Malmö, Sweden
2Department of Public Health Sciences, Karlstad University, 651 88 Karlstad, Sweden
3School of Medicine, Örebro University, 701 82 Örebro, Sweden

Received 8 July 2011; Accepted 23 November 2011

Academic Editor: Hugo Van Bever

Copyright © 2012 Laura B. von Kobyletzki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. To develop and validate a questionnaire for detecting atopic dermatitis in infants and small children from the age of 2 months. Methods. Parents to 60 children answered a written questionnaire prior to a physical examination and individual semistructured interview. Qualitative and quantitative analyses of validity, sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values of the questionnaire were performed. Results. A total of 27 girls and 33 boys, aged 2 to 71 months, 35 with and 25 without physician-diagnosed eczema, participated. Validation of the questionnaire by comparisons with physicians’ diagnoses showed a sensitivity of 0.91 (95% CI 0.77–0.98) and a specificity of 1 (95% CI 0.86–1). Conclusions. Three questions in a parental questionnaire were sufficient for diagnosing eczema in infants and small children.