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April/May 2020 (vol. 16/6)

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SCIN trial – the final results, part 4

Part 4: results of the national Skin Care Intervention in Nurses (SCIN) trial

Summary:

In the final article in this series, Vaughan Parsons and Ira Madan outline the results from the national Skin Care Intervention in Nurses (SCIN) trial and make suggestions on the future direction of research on hand dermatitis prevention.

Hand dermatitis can be a serious occupational disease in high-risk professions – such as nursing, hairdressing and construction – and can have major health and economic consequences for sufferers. Although educational and policy interventions have been implemented to promote good hand care, their clinical- and cost-effectiveness varies. Research on educational initiatives has suggested that a dermatitis-prevention intervention informed by behavioural change psychological theory could encourage enhanced hand care and help to reduce the occurrence of hand dermatitis among at-risk workers….

 

Dr Vaughan Parsons (PhD) is a research manager and research fellow in the occupational health service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London and was the trial manager of the SCIN trial.

Dr Ira Madan is a consultant occupational physician and honorary reader in occupational medicine based in the occupational health service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London and was the chief investigator on the SCIN trial.

 

Author: Parsons V, Madan I

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2020 (vol. 16/6) pp30-34

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