Managing itch

a biopsychosocial approach to care

Polly Buchanan, Zoe Chouliara

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Abstract

Itch is most often associated with inflammatory and non- inflammatory skin conditions, but can also manifest in other non-dermatological illnesses such as haematological conditions, malignant disease, endocrine disorders, hepatic and renal disease, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), pregnancy, and psychiatric conditions (Karim, 2011). Managing chronic itch remains a major nursing challenge, despite advances in medical science and nursing practice. This article provides an overview of itch from a biopsychosocial perspective (where biological, psychological and social factors all play a significant role in disease), as well as encouraging an holistic approach to care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalSkin Care Today
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Buchanan, Polly ; Chouliara, Zoe. / Managing itch : a biopsychosocial approach to care. In: Skin Care Today. 2016 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 26-32.
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