Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, debilitating skin disease. Children have
occupied the major part of investigators' time, but cross-sectional
community studies, encompassing the whole population, are lacking.
This thesis describes an epidemiological study, based on a general practice
of 9,786, and assesses, at all ages, the prevalence, the economic burden to
patients and the health service, and the quality of life of patients with