What is the eITCH
How to use the eITCH
eITCH gives a visual analogue scale to rate a patient-perception of itch. By moving the slider, patients can choose the level of itch they are feeling. Each point on a scale consists of a number, an image and a description to facilitate itch measurement.
The eITCH Score
The impact of itch on healing
Poorly managed patient itch has adverse physiological and psychological implications. Inadequately managed itch affects the psychological state of the patient and family members, with patients reporting increased feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and sleeplessness. Effective itch management continues to evolve but is largely reliant upon an accurate assessment of patient needs. Studies also show an increase in patient satisfaction when patients are actively involved in their treatment.
Benefits of timely and appropriate itch management include improved quality of life, decreased length of hospital stays, lower readmission rates and better overall patient outcomes.
References to Validation Study
Phan NQ, Blome C, Fritz F, Gerss J, Reich A, Ebata T, Augustin M, Szepietowski JC, Ständer S. Assessment of pruritus intensity: prospective study on validity and reliability of the visual analogue scale, numerical rating scale and verbal rating scale in 471 patients with chronic pruritus. Acta Derm Venereol. 2012 Sep;92(5):502-7. doi: 10.2340/00015555-1246. PMID: 22170091.