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About the HOME Initiative


Hywel Williams and Jochen Schmitt at the HOME II meeting

The HOME (Harmonising Outcome Measures for Eczema) initiative was founded in 2008 by Hywel Williams (UK) and Jochen Schmitt (Germany) (pictured left) in response to the use of multiple unvalidated outcome measures in eczema trials. 

The aim of HOME is to agree a set of core outcome measures which should be included in ALL atopic eczema clinical trials and clinical recordkeeping to allow efficient comparison of data across multiple trials.

Progress has been made towards this aim. An initial Delphi exercise was followed by 4 working meetings; HOME I, II, III and IV. The inclusion of 4 core outcome domains has been agreed by consensus:

  • Clinical signs
  • Symptoms
  • Long term control
  • Quality of Life

Including the core outcome measures does not preclude the use of any other outcomes necessary for any particular trial or recordkeeping.



If you are interested in getting involved, or just finding out more about HOME, please contact the project co-ordinator.

HOME - Harmonising Outcome Measures for Eczema

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology
University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane, Nottingham

Telephone: +44 115 8232435
Fax: +44 115 8468618