Taking a 'Selfie' May Help With Dermatology Care
(HealthDay News) – While in-office visits may still be best, virtual analysis may be a valuable option in atopic dermatitis care, according to a new study published online Oct. 22 in JAMA Dermatology.
April Armstrong, MD, of the University of Colorado in Denver, and colleagues ran the study which included 156 adults and children with atopic dermatitis. Seventy-eight received typical in-person, follow-up care, while 78 received online follow-up care. The patients in the online care group sent clinical images to dermatologists, who evaluated the photos, made treatment recommendations, and prescribed medications.
After one year, clearance or near clearance of atopic dermatitis was achieved by 43.6% of patients who received in-person care and 38.4% of those who received online care only.
The findings indicate that online dermatology services could help improve access to care in the United States at a time when there are not enough dermatologists to meet demand, the researchers said.