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Anchoring Not Significant in Treatment of AD

J Dermatolog Treat; ePub 2018 Dec 3; Curry, et al

Caregivers of children with atopic dermatitis (AD) were generally quite willing to apply topical corticosteroids once-daily if initially anchored to the idea of a 4-times-daily treatment regimen, according to a recent study that surveyed 100 caregivers of children with AD. Scores were treated as ordinal data and evaluated using the Mann-Whitney U test and chi-squared tests.

Researchers found:

  • Subjects anchored to a 4-times-daily treatment regimen were more willing to treat their child’s AD once-daily (mean, 8.7) than those not anchored (mean, 7.9), however the difference between these groups was not statistically significant.
  • For most patients with AD, anchoring may not be helpful, but for patients whose main barrier is perceived burdensomeness of treatment, anchoring may be of some benefit.


Curry ZA, Johnson MC, Unrue EL, Feldman SR. Caregiver willingness to treat atopic dermatitis is not much improved by anchoring. [Published online ahead of print December 3, 2018]. J Dermatolog Treat. doi:10.1080/09546634.2018.1530442.