A Structured Intervention for Medical Students Significantly Improves Awareness of Stigmatisation in Visible Chronic Skin Diseases: A Randomised Controlled Trial


  • Rachel Sommer German Center for Health Services Research in Dermatology (CVderm), Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and Nursing (IVDP), University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Martinistraße 52, DE-20246 Hamburg, Germany
  • Natascha-Alexandra Weinberger
  • Regina von Spreckelsen
  • Ulrich Mrowietz
  • Maximilian C. Schielein
  • Claudia Luck-Sikorski
  • Matthias Augustin




stigmatisation, visible skin diseases, intervention, randomised controlled trial


People with visible skin diseases often experience stigmatisation. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a new intervention for medical students to counter the stigmatisation of people with skin diseases. The intervention was evaluated using a randomised controlled design. Effectiveness was assessed at 3 time points. Data from 127 participants were analysed. Regarding the outcome “social distance”, a significant difference between the measurement points was observed for the intervention group (χ2(2) = 54.32, p < 0.001), which also showed a significant effect on agreement with negative stereotypes (F(1.67, 118.67) = 23.83, p < 0.001, partial η2 = 0.25). Regarding the outcome “agreement with disease-related misconceptions”, a significant difference between the measurement time points was observed for the intervention group (χ2(2) = 46.33, p < 0.001); similar results were found for the outcome “stigmatising behaviour” (F(1.86, 131.89) = 6.16, p = 0.003, partial η2 = 0.08). The results should encourage medical faculties to invest in such courses in order to prevent stigmatisation of people with skin diseases.


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Sommer, R., Weinberger, N.-A., von Spreckelsen, R., Mrowietz, U., Schielein, M. C., Luck-Sikorski, C., & Augustin, M. (2022). A Structured Intervention for Medical Students Significantly Improves Awareness of Stigmatisation in Visible Chronic Skin Diseases: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 102, adv00641. https://doi.org/10.2340/actadv.v101.894

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