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Results of emollient rationing survey

Thank you very much to everyone who completed our recent survey on people's experiences of emollient rationing!

 

The results of this survey have helped to inform discussions with NHS England

 

Key findings

 

  • 61% of 113 respondents said that they had experienced difficulty obtaining leave-on emollient on prescription from their doctor over the past year, either for themselves or for their child. 35% had not experienced difficulty, and 4% had not tried to get emollient on prescription.
  • 59% of 101 respondents said that they had experienced problems getting sufficient amounts of leave-on emollient on prescription from their doctor over the past year, either for themselves or for their child. 34% had not experienced problems, and 7% had not tried to get emollient on prescription.
  • 44% of 91 respondents said that they had experienced problems with their doctor switching them or their child to a less effective emollient on prescription over the past year. 49% said that they had not experienced problems, and 7% had not tried to get emollient on prescription.
  • 67% of 90 respondents said that emollient rationing had had a negative impact on their ability to manage their own or their child's eczema. 31% said that it had not had a negative impact, and 2% had not tried to get emollient on prescription.

 

Despite the fact that NHS England guidance stipulates that people with chronic conditions (including eczema) should be able to obtain leave-on emollients on prescription, it is clear that a significant proportion of people with eczema are having trouble obtaining any emollient at all, or sufficient quantities of emollient on prescription.

Click the PDF icon on the right-hand-side of the page for the full results, including people's free-text comments.