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electronic Measurement of Itch

 

eITCH

 

Itch assessment made easy and quick

What is the eITCH?

eITCH is designed to give a patient-defined measure of itch on a numerical scale. The itch scale has a range between 0-10, meaning 11 possibilities. The measurement of itch intensity is essential to properly evaluate its severity, assess patient needs and address them effectively.

 

Validation

paper version: yes            digital version: yes

How to use the eITCH

The measurement of itch has proven to be valid despite its subjective perception. The numeric rating scale represents the simplest method for assessing itch and subsequently its influence through therapy. To deepen the recording of goals in itch treatment, the PBI-P for pruritus can be considered.

The following versions of the eITCH are available

The impact of itch on healing

Poorly managed itch has not only adverse physiological implications but also affects the psychological state of the patient and family members, with patients reporting increased feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and sleeplessness. Effective itch management continues to evolve but is largely reliant upon an accurate assessment of patient needs. Studies also show an increase in patient satisfaction when patients are actively involved in their treatment.

 

Benefits of timely and appropriate itch management include improved quality of life, decreased length of hospital stays, lower readmission rates and better overall patient outcomes.

 

Features

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PATIENT-CENTERED

Results from the eITCH provide a patient-orientated analysis of itch.

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USER-FRIENDLY

The eITCH is self-explanatory and easy to use.

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SEVERITY MONITORING

With eITCH, patients and physicians can regularly measure itch during the course of treatment, identify triggers and alleviating factors, and plan a needs-based therapy.

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MULTILINGUAL

The eITCH is available in different languages. The use of the respective first language reduces language barriers and supports the understanding between physician and patient.

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ACCESSIBLE FROM ALL DEVICES

With DermaValue, your eITCH is always just a few clicks away. The application is available for PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other devices.

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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Take care of the environment and save your patient data on the online platform or as PDF files for yourself and your physicians.

References

Validation: 

Phan NQ, Blome C, Fritz F, Gerss J, Reich A, Ebata T, Augustin M, Szepietowski JC, Ständer S. Assessment of pruritus intensity: prospective study on validity and reliability of the visual analogue scale, numerical rating scale and verbal rating scale in 471 patients with chronic pruritus. Acta Derm Venereol. 2012 Sep;92(5):502-7. doi: 10.2340/00015555-1246 . PMID: 22170091 .

 

Verweyen E, Ständer S, Kreitz K, Höben I, Osada N, Gernart M, Riepe C, Pereira M, Blome C, Augustin M, Zeidler C. Validation of a Comprehensive Set of Pruritus Assessment Instruments: The Chronic Pruritus Tools Questionnaire PRURITOOLS. Acta Derm Venereol. 2019 Jun 1;99(7):657-663. doi: 10.2340/00015555-3158 . PMID: 30834451 .

 

Ständer S, Zeidler C, Pereira M, Szepietowski JC, McLeod L, Qin S, Williams N, Sciascia T, Augustin M: Worst Itch Numerical Rating Scale for Prurigo Nodularis: A Psychometric Evaluation. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2022; 36 (4): 573-581.

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