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TREATgermany: German National Clinical Registry for Patients With Moderate-to-severe Atopic Dermatitis (TREATgermany)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03057860
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : February 20, 2017
Last Update Posted : July 24, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Technische Universität Dresden

Brief Summary:

About 60% of all patients with AD are adults. However, the prevalence and incidence is significantly higher in childhood and adolescence.

Some children, adolescents and adults with moderate-to-severe AD cannot be sufficiently controlled with topical treatments alone and require intermittent or continuous treatment with systemic immunomodulating agents or UV-therapy.

Systematic reviews indicate that although several different interventions for moderate-to-severe AD have been studied in clinical trials, strong recommendations are only possible for Dupilumab in adults and the short-term use of cyclosporin A (CSA).

Pharmaceutical treatment of patients suffering from AE is diverse and frequently not in line with the current guidelines (for example S2-guideline in Germany).

Large head-to-head trials are missing so that long-term effectiveness of systemic interventions for moderate-to-severe AD is speculative.

In this situation, clinical registries can provide valuable information for evidence-based clinical decision making.

Extension of TREATgermany to children and adolescents is necessary as

  • moderate-to-severe AD is frequent in this age group, but the effectiveness of existing topical and systemic agents in the routine care setting on clinical severity, patient-reported outcomes, and the course of AD and associated atopic and non-atopic comorbidities over time is still poorly understood
  • it is unclear how many children and adolescents cannot be effectively controlled with the avoidance of trigger factors, patient education, and topical anti-inflammatory treatment alone
  • innovative agents will become available for these age groups within the next years and reference data will be necessary to evaluate their effectiveness and indication criteria
  • adequate evidence regarding patient needs in children and adolescents with moderate-to-severe AD is urgently needed to provide value-based healthcare for this vulnerable patient group
  • Best-practice models of transition from adolescent to adult care of patients with moderate-to-severe AD do not exist yet, but constitute a prerequisite for the establishment of efficient patient care

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Moderate-to-severe Atopic Dermatitis Other: No study intervention

Detailed Description:

Study procedures:

No study related intervention will be performed. Included patients will be prospectively followed for at least 24 months. A maximum duration of follow-up is not intended.

During the observation period standardized study visits are performed to prospectively document patient characteristics, clinical data, patient-reported outcomes, physician's reasons for treatment decisions, and satisfaction with treatment.

The first study visit is scheduled at patient inclusion (baseline-visit; V1). The second and third study visits are scheduled 3 and 6 months after baseline, respectively. (V2 after 3 months, V3 after 6 months). Thereafter, study visits are scheduled after 3 months (if a new systemic treatment was initiated) or after 6 months (in case no new systemic treatment was prescribed).

In a subset of patients biosamples for molecular analyses including blood, swabs and stool will be taken at baseline and at V6, as well as skin biopsies prior to and 3 months after systemic therapy initiation. This optional module requires separate patient information and informed consent.

Data assessment:

Prospective electronic documentation of disease course and severity, medical care and pharmaceutical treatment of AD.

Pseudomized data will be stored at the registry center (Center for Evidence-based Healthcare, Dresden).

Study assessments include:

  1. A short physician report form to document patient history and clinical parameters such as the objective severity of clinical signs, affected body regions, physician's global assessment of disease severity, course of disease and medical treatment of AD including adverse events.
  2. A patient report form to assess important subjective parameters, patient reported outcomes such as symptoms, quality of life, treatment satisfaction, patient's assessment of global disease severity, totally/partial well-controlled weeks.

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Study Type : Observational [Patient Registry]
Estimated Enrollment : 2800 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Target Follow-Up Duration: 5 Years
Official Title: TREATgermany: German National Clinical Registry: Treatment and Medical Care of Patients With Moderate-to-severe Atopic Dermatitis
Actual Study Start Date : February 1, 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 31, 2026
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 31, 2026

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MedlinePlus related topics: Eczema

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Score of Atopic Dermatitis (oSCORAD) [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline oSCORAD at 2 years ]
    Severity scoring of atopic dermatitis: the SCORAD index. Consensus Report of the European Task Force on Atopic Dermatitis: Dermatology 1993;186:23-31

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient Oriented Eczema Measure (POEM) [ Time Frame: Baseline (month 0) - 3 months - 6 months - 12 months - 18 months - 2 years ]
    Charman CR, Venn AJ, Williams HC: The patient-oriented eczema measure: development and initial validation of a new tool for measuring atopic eczema severity from the patients' perspective. Arch Dermatol 2004;140:1513-1519.

  2. Severity of Pruritus and Sleeping Problems (VAS) [ Time Frame: Baseline (month 0) - 3 months - 6 months - 12 months - 18 months - 2 years ]
    Charman CR, Venn AJ, Williams HC: The patient-oriented eczema measure: development and initial validation of a new tool for measuring atopic eczema severity from the patients' perspective. Arch Dermatol 2004;140:1513-1519.

  3. Flares (totally/well controlled weeks) [ Time Frame: Baseline (month 0) - 3 months - 6 months - 12 months - 18 months - 2 years ]
    Schmitt J, Langan S, Deckert S, Svensson A, von KL, Thomas K, Spuls P: Assessment of clinical signs of atopic dermatitis: A systematic review and recommendation. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2013;10.

  4. Health-related Quality of Life (DLQI) [ Time Frame: Baseline (month 0) - 3 months - 6 months - 12 months - 18 months - 2 years ]
    Finlay AY, Khan GK: Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI)--a simple practical measure for routine clinical use. Clin Exp Dermatol 1994;19:210-216.

  5. Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI) [ Time Frame: Baseline (month 0) - 3 months - 6 months - 12 months - 18 months - 2 years ]
    Hanifin JM, Thurston M, Omoto M, Cherill R, Tofte SJ, Graeber M: The eczema area and severity index (EASI): assessment of reliability in atopic dermatitis. EASI Evaluator Group. Exp Dermatol 2001;10:11-18.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis

Inclusion Criteria:

  • AD according to the United Kingdom (UK) working party diagnostic criteria
  • Moderate to severe AD
  • Objective SCORAD > 20 or Currently anti-inflammatory systemic treatment for AD or Previous anti-inflammatory systemic treatment for AD within past 24 months

Exclusion Criteria:


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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03057860

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Contact: Jochen Schmitt, Prof.Dr. +493514586493
Contact: Eva Haufe, Dr. +493514586491

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Clinics for Dermatology, Allergy and Venerology, Hannover Medical School Recruiting
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany, 30625
Contact: Thomas Werfel, Prof.         
Department of Dermatology, UniversityAllergyCenter, Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus, TU Dresden Recruiting
Dresden, Saxony, Germany, 01307
Contact: Susanne Abraham, Dr.         
Principal Investigator: Susanne Abraham, Dr.         
Head Centre for Inflammatory Skin Diseases, Department of Dermatology and Allergy, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel Recruiting
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 24105
Contact: Stephan Weidinger, Prof.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Technische Universität Dresden
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Principal Investigator: Jochen Schmitt, Prof.Dr. Center for Evidence-based Healthcare, Technical University Dresden
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Technische Universität Dresden Identifier: NCT03057860    
Other Study ID Numbers: EK-118032016
First Posted: February 20, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 24, 2020
Last Verified: July 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Dermatitis, Atopic
Skin Diseases
Skin Diseases, Genetic
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Skin Diseases, Eczematous
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases