Workpackage 5 – Education as bridge between patient and research

Lead: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier, Zurich

As a novel approach, here, we propose to perform research aimed at measuring outcomes of existing educational activities and improving them to make a bridge between our research and patients. Until now, medical research and educational research have rarely joined forces. This unique and united approach of CK-CARE will offer an exclusive opportunity for combining and strengthening education to improve the state of atopic patients in a concerted action between researchers and educators of CK-CARE.

Through the integration of research in the educational sector, the key role of this unit within the activities of CK-CARE continues to be significantly strengthened and developed. Based on the latest methods to assess the success and effectiveness of educational courses, the following aims will be pursued:

  • Knowledge and performance on the part of physicians before and after educational activities by CK-CARE in the area of atopic dermatitis, pollen allergies and severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) is to be documented. To this effect, three comparative groups will be studied: Group A without training, group B with training and group C with additional training using an online tool.
  • In a second phase, to what extent the medical condition of patients is improved after treatment by physicians of groups A, B or C will be investigated.
  • New findings on the diagnosis or treatment of allergic conditions that may result from WP 1-4 are to be implemented without delay in the educational activities of CK-CARE. As a result, their relevance can be assessed very rapidly by physicians and in patients.
  • The effect of educational methods is to be recorded by the integration of socio-economic and also psychosocial aspects where possible. The implementation and evaluation of simple educational modules in South Africa will allow documentation of the usability of the range of offers by CK-CARE in completely diverse socio-cultural and even global environments in the medium term.