In brief: Psychological interventions

Doubts remain about the effectiveness of psychological interventions for patients with atopic dermatitis, say researchers at University College London. Their meta-analysis included eight published articles involving a total of eight types of intervention, including aromatherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Although they found that the interventions significantly ameliorated eczema severity, itching intensity and scratching, they maintained that a definite conclusion on the effectiveness of these interventions seemed premature.
Chida Y, Steptoe A, Hirakawa N et al. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2007;144:1-9.

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