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Managing itch- a biopsychosocial approach to care.

Buchanan, P; Chouliara, Zo�


P Buchanan

Zo� Chouliara


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.


Buchanan, P., & Chouliara, Z. (2016). Managing itch- a biopsychosocial approach to care. Skin Care Today, 2(1), 38-41

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date May 11, 2016
Journal Skin Care Today
Publisher Journal of Community Nursing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 38-41
Keywords Itch; skin care;
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