A therapeutic education program includes 4 stages
4. Evaluating the skills acquired
The evaluation helps verify the extent to which the patient has achieved their learning objectives and obtained the required skills.
The evaluation can be completed during any stage of the educational process:
At the beginning, during the educational diagnosis, to take stock of educational needs.
During the learning process to adapt to the patient’s rhythm and solve problems, (what they understand, what skills they have).
Then at the end to update the educational diagnosis and assess the changes made in order to eventually offer the patient a new therapeutic education program.
Evaluation is essential since it allows to better understand the patient’s history and how he/she is coping with a chronic disease.
Examples of skills evaluated:
- Ability to explain what atopic dermatitis is
- Ability to manage itching at night
- Reproduce the right emollient application gestures
- Explain where to apply the dermocorticosteroid
The evaluation of treatment compliance, patient’s quality of life or severity of atopic dermatitis can be made easier thanks to the use of techniques and therapeutic education tools.
Some examples of TPE tools used before and after the sessions:
To assess progress:
The SCORAD has become doctors' tool of reference for monitoring and evaluating the disease.
The SCORAD (Scoring atopic dermatitis) is the severity score used for atopic dermatitis. It was created and validated in 1990 by a group of experts: the European Task Force on Atopic Dermatitis.
To assess the psychological impact on the patient
- To assess the overall impact of the TPE program, you can also use a Quality of Life questionnaire.