Pediatric teledermatology: observations based on 429 consults.


BACKGROUND Store-and-forward teledermatology is an emerging means of access for patients with skin disease lacking direct access to dermatologists. OBJECTIVES We sought to examine the patient demographics, diagnostic concordance, and treatment patterns in teledermatology for patients younger than 13 years. METHODS We conducted a descriptive retrospective cohort study involving 429 patients. RESULTS Diagnoses were concordant in 48% of cases, partially concordant in 10%, and discordant in 42%. Management recommendations were concordant in 28% of cases, partially concordant in 36%, and discordant in 36%. Primary care providers tended to underuse topical steroids and overuse topical antifungals and systemic antibiotics. Only 1.4% and 6.0% of patients required repeated teledermatology consultation and in-person dermatology consultation, respectively. LIMITATIONS Limitations were the inability to generalize the data from the population studied and the chances of error and bias in teledermatology diagnoses. CONCLUSIONS Store-and-forward teledermatology can improve diagnostic and therapeutic care for skin disease in children who lack direct access to dermatologists.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.05.039

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@article{Chen2010PediatricTO, title={Pediatric teledermatology: observations based on 429 consults.}, author={Tina S. Chen and Marc E . Goldyne and Erin F D Mathes and Ilona J. Frieden and Amy E Gilliam}, journal={Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology}, year={2010}, volume={62 1}, pages={61-6} }