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Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 4282Author: Foley, C. C., Corby, P. and Barnes, J.
Title: A dermatology outpatient waiting list initiative
Journal: Ir Med J
Short Title: A dermatology outpatient waiting list initiative
Alternate Journal: Irish medical journal
ISSN: 0332-3102 (Print)
Accession Number: 24218752
After-Hours Care/organization & administration/statistics & numerical data
Aged, 80 and over
Ambulatory Care/*organization & administration/statistics & numerical data
Dermatology/*organization & administration/statistics & numerical data
Abstract: Skin disease is the most common reason for people to present to their general practitioner (GP) with a new episode of disease. In April 2010 there were estimated 23,000 patients on dermatology outpatient waiting lists in Ireland, including almost 11,000 patients waiting over 6 months. We analysed the data of 200 dermatology outpatient visits scheduled under an initiative to target patients waiting more than 120 days for a new dermatology outpatient appointment. There were 171 (85.5%) patients seen, 29 (14.5%) patients did not attend the appointment. The data from 161 patients seen under the initiative was included in the analysis. Skin lesions accounted for 81 (50%) referrals, of these 71 (44%) patients had benign skin lesions and 10 (6%) patients were considered to have suspicious skin lesions. There was no case of malignant melanoma. After the initial consultation, 66% (106) of the patients were discharged to their primary care physician.