The Combined Approach to atopic eczema is a treatment programme

author/source: DrB

[US program] A planned sequence of events. A set of structured activities.


  • A treatment?

Sometimes treatments in medicine are single events. An injection, for example, or a surgical operation. Treatment is often recommended at a visit to see a doctor. A prescription may be given.

  • A course?

A course of treatment involves a treatment being followed over a period of time: such as a course of antibiotics. Otherwise some medical treatments are relatively continuous: treatment for high blood pressure, for example.

  • A programme!

The Combined Approach to atopic eczema involves three levels of planned treatment in a particular sequence, followed for a certain number of weeks.


A sequence of assessment, treatment and follow-up is backed up by three additional considerations - attitude of self, attitude of others, and stress.

The Combined Approach to atopic eczema is successful because it is more than a treatment, or a course of treatment: it is a treatment programme.
As Dr Peter Norén says:
"Be consistent - all levels in The Combined Approach must be kept in mind for several weeks"