November 8, 2014
Alternate Journal: The Journal of investigative dermatology
ISSN: 1523-1747 (Electronic)
Accession Number: 23949760
Keywords: Biomedical Research/*organization & administration
Dermatology/*organization & administration
Societies, Medical/*organization & administration
Notes: Riedl, Rainer
J Invest Dermatol. 2013 Sep;133(9):2116-7. doi: 10.1038/jid.2013.257.
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 4260Author: Roberts, W. E.
Title: Generational dermatology: model for prevention and multi decade approach toward the evolving, aging patient
Journal: J Drugs Dermatol
Short Title: Generational dermatology: model for prevention and multi decade approach toward the evolving, aging patient
Alternate Journal: Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD
ISSN: 1545-9616 (Print)
Accession Number: 24301241
Aged, 80 and over
Terminology as Topic
Abstract: The proposed terminology Generational Dermatology encompasses prevention and involves medical, cosmetic, surgical and oncologic strategies over the decades to optimize skin performance throughout the course of a lifetime. Organ failure is the inability of the organ to perform its determined function as a part of normal physiology and it may be possible to take a Generational preventive approach toward reducing morbidities associated with the failure of our largest organ, the skin. Outside of skin cancer prevention efforts we have as a specialty primarily worked on the tertiary prevention realm. I advocate that we can increase our focus on the primary and secondary tiers where we as Dermatologists have the training and education to identify risk factors and detect early symptoms of skin disease. I appeal to the house of Dermatology to embrace this concept of Generational Dermatology as preventive medicine for the evolving aging patient. The practice of Generational Dermatology will decrease patient morbidity and bring down the cost of healthcare. Our global increased longevity increases the number of elderly worldwide. Longer lifespan means dermatologic needs will increase as the skin must perform its basic function longer. There are also new unknowns and skin issues which arise from large numbers of people in the 9th and 10th decades. Generational Dermatology is well suited to be a model for prevention as our patient’s age and we can intervene at any decade. I believe the specialty will increasingly focus on how the skin can optimally perform for a longer period. Lastly, the practice of Generational Dermatology unifies the house of Dermatology as we need the innovations and input of every subspecialty to contribute to the health of the people we serve.