It is remarkable that group psychodermatology is not very common in the Netherlands. Group activities for patients with atopic dermatitis only take place in the departments of dermatology of the University Hospital of Groningen, Nijmegen, and Utrecht. In the framework of self-care the Society of People with Atopic Dermatitis (VMCE) organizes groups for training and education. This review is restricted to the professional approach of the Dutch group activities. Most of the group activities for patients with atopic dermatitis are offered in the Department of Dermatology of the University of Groningen with a multimodel education and treatment program for young adults with atopic dermatitis. The group activity for patients with atopic dermatitis in Nijmegen is restricted to weekly relaxation exercises for hospitalized patients. In the department of dermatology in Utrecht 3 types of group activities are organized: theme-sessions, relaxation exercises, and a special program for children with atopic dermatitis and their parents.

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