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Date:5/20/2009

with 18.3 percent of the control patients, which was a difference of 20.7 percent.

At the one-month visit, 20 percent of patients who received teledermatologic consultations had recovered compared with 4.1 percent of control patients.

Patients from both groups were asked to complete a satisfaction questionnaire following the study. They reported no differences in general satisfaction with the care received.

"Teledermatologic consultation successfully enables general practitioners to treat patients they would otherwise refer to a dermatologist," the authors conclude. "Further research conducted with more specific patient groups as well as about patient satisfaction should be encouraged."

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The American Academy of Dermatology has more on skin conditions and when to see a dermatologist.



-- Jennifer Thomas



SOURCE: Archives of Dermatology, news release, May 18, 2009


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