The Information Network of Departments of Dermatology for recording and scientific analysis of contact allergies (IVDK) was founded in 1988 as a multicentre project with the participation of initially 8 university skin clinics in the Federal Republic of Germany. The head office of the project was established at the University Skin Clinic Göttingen. At present, 56 skin clinics cooperate in the IVDK. The project was funded from 1988 to 1993 by the then Federal Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) within the framework of the “Epidemiology of Allergies” programme. Since 1994, the IVDK has been supported by a non-profit association, which initially called “Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Erforschung und Prävention beruflich und außerberuflich bedingter allergischer Erkrankungen e.V.”. (G.E.P.A.)" and 2004 renamed itself into “IVDK e.V.”.
The fact that the data acquisition is integrated into the routine operation of the clinics - the system is well suited for the usual clinical documentation - results in a high acceptance of the acquisition system, which has a positive effect on the data quality. The first patients were recorded in November 1989. The results are published in specialist journals and at congresses to support these dermatologists and allergologists in their goal of reducing the number of allergic diseases and thus protecting the health of the population from harm. In the following overview article the background of the IVDK monitoring system is presented in more detail:
When the IVDK was founded in 1988, 8 university skin clinics were involved. In 1992, a further 7 skin clinics were added to the IVDK as part of the BMFT project. In the following years several further dermatological departments joined the IVDK. A total of 56 centres are active in the IVDK (as of November 2019). All participating clinics are members of the German Contact Allergy Group (DKG) in the German Dermatological Society (DDG). Approximately 10,000 patients per year are recorded under quality assurance.
In November 2019, the anamnestic and clinical data as well as the test results of approximately 310,000 patients and cases were stored in the central database of the IVDK.
A total of 534 publication in scientific journals by November 2019 resulted from the cooperation between IVDK and DKG. In addition, results of the IVDK were presented at numerous conferences and congresses in lectures or posters.
For detailed information please contact the IVDK staff.