Living with Atopic Dermatitis
It is estimated that more than 26 million Americans suffer with AD and the disease can cause not only debilitating pruritus, but also disturbed sleep patterns and mental distress. These knock-on effects can have substantial socio-economic implications too: up to half of all adults with AD say they experience lifestyle limitations and/or have had their work or education negatively impacted by the burden of the disease.
Sidekick recognizes the widespread implications for a patient diagnosed with atopic dermatitis and that dermatological conditions require sustained, holistic support to achieve effective control and comfort for the patient, but limited data are currently available regarding the feasibility and effectiveness of digitally delivered lifestyle interventions for AD patients.
Sidekick has therefore developed a holistic DTx and lifestyle program to support healthy lifestyle behavioral change and to empower patients with AD to manage and ultimately improve their symptoms. The program is delivered via a smartphone app and provides education and medication reminders, allows the user to track symptoms, log meditation, meals and physical activity, and offers communication with a lifestyle coach.
- A 6-week long, single arm, interventional feasibility study.
- A cohort of 21 adult patients with mild to severe AD were recruited, who were all using some form of topical medication (e.g. corticosteroid containing creams and emollients).
- Patients were asked to use a therapeutic program delivered via a smartphone app that focused on disease and trigger education to support positive habit formation, daily medication reminders, symptom tracking, and one-on-one communication with a lifestyle coach.