Dr. Jonathan L. Silverberg MD PhD MPH Assistant Professor in Dermatology Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Geriatric Patients with Atopic Dermatitis Can Suffer From Sleep Disturbances

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Dr. Jonathan L. Silverberg MD PhD MPH Assistant Professor in Dermatology Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Jonathan Silverberg

Dr. Jonathan L. Silverberg MD PhD MPH
Associate Professor
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George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington, DC 

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?

Response: Atopic dermatitis affects people of all ages, including geriatric patients. Previous studies found age-related differences in the clinical manifestations of atopic dermatitis between children and adults.

Though, few studies examined whether there are age-related differences of AD severity between geriatric and younger adults. We performed a cross-sectional real-world observational study and found that geriatric age (≥65 years) was not associated with atopic dermatitis severity. However, geriatric age was associated with increased sleep disturbances, delays falling asleep and nighttime awakenings from itch, as well as fatigue.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Sleep disturbances are associated with major impacts on patients’ physical, mental and cardiovascular health. Clinicians should pay particularly close attention to screening for and reducing sleep disturbances in geriatric atopic dermatitis patients. 

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work? 

Response: Increased sleep disturbance in geriatric atopic dermatitis patients is likely multifactorial. Future research is needed to identify the underlying causes of worsened sleep disturbance and optimal mitigation strategies in geriatric AD patients. 

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Citation:

Jaya Manjunath, Jonathan I. Silverberg,
Association of sleep disturbances with geriatric age in atopic dermatitis patients,
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2021,
ISSN 0190-9622,
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2021.07.039. 

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