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Notes: Lorente-Lavirgen, A I
de la Torre-Garcia, J M
Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2013 Mar;104(2):148-55. doi: 10.1016/j.ad.2012.05.007. Epub 2012 Jul 27.
Author Address: Unidad de Gestion Clinica de Dermatologia y Venereologia, Servicio de Dermatologia, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio, Sevilla, Espana. email@example.com
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 4429Author: Luersen, K., Dabade, T. S., West, C. E., Davis, S. A. and Feldman, S. R.
Title: Phototherapy trends in dermatology
Journal: J Dermatolog Treat
Short Title: Phototherapy trends in dermatology
Alternate Journal: The Journal of dermatological treatment
ISSN: 1471-1753 (Electronic)
Accession Number: 23688185
Keywords: Dermatology/economics/*statistics & numerical data
Health Care Surveys/*statistics & numerical data
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Use of phototherapy in the United States declined during the 1990s, largely due to unfavorable economic incentives. The trends in phototherapy since then are not well characterized. METHODS: We analyzed the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) data on quantity of phototherapy visits and associated diagnoses and payment sources. Trends were assessed by linear regression. RESULTS: There were an estimated 230 000 outpatient phototherapy visits per year, with an increasing trend over time (p = 0.03). Dermatologists managed 87% of the visits. Leading diagnoses associated with phototherapy included psoriasis (25%), dermatitis NOS (6%), vitiligo (6%), other dyschromia (6%), and actinic keratosis (5%). CONCLUSIONS: Use of phototherapy for psoriasis has remained relatively low up to 2010. However, phototherapy may be becoming more frequent for conditions other than psoriasis.