E-Learning Enables Parents to Assess Infantile Hemangiomas
(HealthDay News) — Parents are able to correctly diagnose and evaluate an infantile hemangioma (IH) after completing an e-learning module, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Marlies de Graaf, MD, PhD, from the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, and colleagues prospectively studied 158 parents participating in an IH e-learning module. Comparisons were made between a parent's assessment of their child's skin abnormality and an assessment made by a dermatologist.
The researchers found that parents showed a 96% concordance with the dermatologist for correct diagnosis after e-learning. For assessing the risk of complications, the need to be seen by a specialist, and the urgency for specialized care concordances were 79, 75, and 84%, respectively (P<0.001).
"E-learning by parents could result in earlier presentation and treatment of high-risk IH," the authors write.