Being a Rapid Eczema Trials Community Champion

In Rapid Eczema Trials, Community Champions are people with experience of eczema, insight, local knowledge and networks who have been prepared to gather and share information in specific communities or localities. With their unique knowledge, Community Champions can act as a bridge between academic research and practical community-based solutions by giving people in their locality …

Addressing the Eczema PSP priorities with citizen science

In 2011, the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD) at the University of Nottingham worked with the James Lind Alliance to run an Eczema Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) exercise. The aim was to identify and prioritise uncertainties around how best to treat and manage eczema. Over 500 individuals took part. The exercise identified 14 priority …

Understanding the evidence behind eczema treatments

Would you like to know more about the research evidence that supports treatment decisions for people with eczema? If so, this evidence summary from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is a ‘must read’ for you. This article summarises the amazing research that has taken place over the last decade. It has …

Boosting study recruitment by engaging with Be Part of Research

We were all so excited when the Eczema Bathing Study opened to recruitment on 29 January. It’s the first study to come out of the Rapid Eczema Trials research programme and is trying to find out whether it’s better to have a shower (or bath) daily or just once or twice a week when you have …

Networking with other citizen science teams

In October, Kim Thomas and myself (Rapid Eczema Trials co-leads) attended a networking event and workshop for recently funded NIHR Programme Development Grants in Birmingham. The NIHR is the National Institute for Health and Care Research, which is the NHS research funder.  The NIHR are the people funding our Rapid Eczema Trials. All the attendees …

Eczema Care Online – one year on…

It’s now been over a year since we first launched the Eczema Care Online website. We thought it was time we gave you an update on how things are going. The Eczema Care Online website has been accessed by over 20,000 people from 157 countries around the world. This is an amazing achievement, but with …

Rapid Eczema Trials: Life of an intern

The Rapid Eczema Trials project involves researchers, healthcare professionals and citizen scientists (people with eczema and parents of children with eczema) working together to answer important questions about eczema by designing and running clinical trials together.  Being an intern at the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD) is an opportunity that has changed the trajectory …

A new adventure: designing eczema research as a citizen scientist.

The RAPID Eczema Trials team involves researchers, healthcare professionals and citizen scientists (people with eczema and parents of children with eczema) working together to answer important questions about eczema by designing and running clinical trials together. Our citizen scientist Kelly Zhang has shared her experience of being involved… Months ago, I was kindly invited to …

Scrub a dub dub, eczema in the tub – what does the research say?

Rapid Eczema Trials team have been deciding which questions about washing are most important to people with eczema. But what does research already tell us about eczema and washing? For people with eczema, there are lots of question marks over how to wash. And as it turns out… very little evidence to guide them! As …

We all bathe differently

The RAPID Eczema Trials team involves researchers, healthcare professionals and citizen scientists (people with eczema and parents of children with eczema) working together to answer important questions about eczema by designing and running clinical trials together. The first question we are answering is about bathing, so our citizen scientist Tressa Davey has been looking into …