1. Why are we doing this study?
Having eczema can have a big impact on people’s lives and because there is no cure, we would like to find a way to prevent eczema developing in children. We don’t know whether adding in emollients to the skin care advice given to parents is effective in preventing eczema, and the only way to find out is by doing this study.
2. How many families are involved in the BEEP study?
1395 families with newborn babies who have asthma, eczema or hayfever in the immediate family are taking part in this study.
3. Who was eligible to take part?
Families who were expecting a baby, and had at least one person in their immediate family with eczema, asthma or hayfever (now or in the past).
Please note, recruitment to the study has now closed.
4. How long will the study last for?
Recruitment to the study has now closed. Results are expected in early 2019.
5. What is involved in taking part?
Each family will take part in the study for up to 5 years. The study nurse will carry out a skin assessment when your child is around 2 years of age and this can either be at your home or the hospital, whichever you prefer. We will also ask each family to fill in some short questionnaires approximately once or twice a year until your child’s fifth birthday. Although this may seem like a long time, it is important that we look at the long term effectiveness to answer the question properly.
6. Where is the study taking place?
The BEEP study is taking place in the following areas:
7. Who is funding the study?
This study is funded by the Department of Health. It is led by Professor Hywel Williams at the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology, The University of Nottingham, and coordinated by The Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit.
Watch a report on the BEEP study by BBC East Midlands Today on 27 August 2015.