Molluscum Contagiosum Diagnostic Tool for Parents ‘MCDTP’

The MCDTP (opposite)may be used for routine clinical use by clinicians in order to assist the clinical consultation, evaluation and clinical decision making process. There is no need to seek specific permission for this and there is no charge for the use of the MCDTP in this context. 

The MCDTP may also be used for research purposes, for academic institutions this is free of charge, for pharmaceutical companies there may be a small charge. For these purposes formal permission is required, please contact us directly using the instructions below.


The MCDTP is copyright and can only be reproduced with permission from the authors.


Cardiff University

The copyright statement:

© Molluscum Contagiosum Diagnostic Tool for Parents. Cardiff University, 2013. This must not be copied without the permission of the authors. The copyright statement must always be reproduced at the end of every copy of these questionnaires in whatever language.


There is a simple method for getting formal permission for use of the MCDTP. Please contact Nick Francis directly at the addresses given ( Formal permission is usually given immediately.

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Key Publications

Time to resolution and effect on quality of life of molluscum contagiosum in children in the UK: a prospective community cohort study.
Olsen JR, Gallacher J, Finlay AY, Piguet V, Francis NA, Lancet Infect Dis, Volume 15, 2 February 2015 pp.190-195

Molluscum Contagiosum in Children: Primary care consultation rates and associations with atopic eczema: A retrospective longitudinal study.
Olsen JR, Piguet V, Gallacher J, Francis NA, Br J Gen Pract, Volume 66, 642 January 2016 pp.e471-e47

Quality of Life impact of childhood skin conditions measured using the Children's Dermatology Life Quality Index (CDLQI): a meta-analysis.
Olsen JR, Gallacher J, Finlay AY, Piguet V, Francis NA, Br J Dermatol. Advanced Online Publication 2016. DOI: 10.1111/bjd.14361.

Development and validation of the Molluscum Contagiosum Diagnostic Tool for Parents: diagnostic accuracy study in primary care.
Olsen JR, Gallacher J, Piguet V, Francis NA, Br J Gen Pract, Volume 64, 625 August 2014 pp.e471-e476 

Epidemiology of molluscum contagiosum in children (Thesis).
Olsen JR, Cardiff University 2015.

Cardiff University,
School of Medicine,
College of Biomedical & Life Sciences,
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