Table 1

 Characteristics of participants in skin care education and counselling group and treatment as usual group (control) at enrolment. Values are numbers (percentages) unless stated otherwise

CharacteristicsIntervention group (n=123)Control group (n=132)
Women117 (95)117 (90)
Median (interquartile range) age (years), SD45 (23-64), 9.6643 (26-69), 9.99
Median (interquartile range) HECSI score (0-360 range)*8.94 (0-43), 8.519.40 (0-62), 9.77
Median (interquartile range) DLQI score (0-30 range)2.87 (0-21), 3.132.81 (0-24), 3.98
Self evaluated disease severity:
 Mild46 (37)57 (43)
 Moderate70 (57)62 (47)
 Severe6 (5)12 (9)
 Very severe1 (1)1 (1)
Mean (interquartile range) score on knowledge of hand eczema and skin protection†9.41 (0-10)9.61 (6-10)
Work related outcomes
No of hand disinfections daily:
 None2 (2)4 (3)
 1-511 (9)14 (11)
 6-1011 (9)11 (8)
 11-1517 (14)23 (17)
 16-2026 (21)16 (12)
 >2055 (45)64 (49)
No of hand washings daily:
 None3 (2)2 (1)
 1-512 (10)26 (20)
 6-1038 (31)31 (24)
 11-1523 (19)34 (26)
 16-2021 (17)15 (11)
 >2025 (21)24 (18)
Use of moisturisers daily:
 No36 (29)42 (32)
 Not every day41 (34)32 (24)
 1-238 (31)49 (37)
 >27 (6)9 (7)
Use of protective gloves (h/day):
 <0.520 (18)19 (16)
 0.5-263 (57)63 (56)
 2-320 (18)19 (17)
 3-53 (3)9 (8)
 >54 (4)3 (3)
Protective gloves during wet work:
 Seldom or never20 (16)15 (12)
 Sometimes36 (29)48 (36)
 Mostly67 (55)69 (52)
Protective gloves while cooking:
 No use100 (89)113 (88)
 Sometimes9 (8)12 (9)
 Yes3 (3)4 (3)
Protective gloves while cleaning:
 No use81 (72)85 (66)
 Sometimes19 (17)27 (21)
 Yes13 (11)16 (13)
Home related outcomes
No of hand washings daily:
 1-533 (27)27 (21)
 6-1059 (48)72 (54)
 11-1526 (21)21 (16)
 16-201 (1)7 (5)
 >203 (3)5 (4)
Moisturisers used:
 No17 (14)19 (14)
 Yes105 (86)113 (86)

Percentages may not total 100% owing to missing data.

HECSI=hand eczema severity index; DLQI=dermatology life quality index.

*0 indicates no hand eczema.

†Multiple choice test.