Dermatology 2013

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Introductory

2013/09/11 06:00

Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2013 Sep;16(3):xi-xii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvex.2013.05.014. Epub 2013 Jul 17.

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24018039

Author Address: Pet Care Veterinary Hospital, 5201-A Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA. Electronic address: pfisher@petcarevb.com.

 

 

Reference Type:  Journal Article

Record Number: 4282Author: Foley, C. C., Corby, P. and Barnes, J.

Year: 2013

Title: A dermatology outpatient waiting list initiative

Journal: Ir Med J

Volume: 106

Issue: 7

Pages: 217-8

Date: Jul-Aug

Short Title: A dermatology outpatient waiting list initiative

Alternate Journal: Irish medical journal

ISSN: 0332-3102 (Print)

0332-3102 (Linking)

Accession Number: 24218752

Keywords: Adolescent

Adult

After-Hours Care/organization & administration/statistics & numerical data

Aged

Aged, 80 and over

Ambulatory Care/*organization & administration/statistics & numerical data

Dermatology/*organization & administration/statistics & numerical data

Female

Humans

Ireland

Male

Middle Aged

Skin Diseases/*diagnosis/therapy

Time Factors

*Waiting Lists

Young Adult

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.

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