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J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2011 Aug;25(8):987-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2010.03884.x. Epub 2010 Nov 4.

Teledermatology with an integrated nurse-led clinic on the Faroe Islands--7 years' experience.

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Department of Dermatology, Roskilde Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Roskilde, Denmark. lebr@regionsjaelland.dk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Telemedicine is an increasingly suggested answer to the problem of providing high-class medical service to rural and remote areas in a modern society. Dermatology is a promising candidate for telemedical service, because it is well suited for clinical questions forwarded together with photographs.

OBJECTIVES:

To describe the patient population of the Faroe Islands dermatology clinic with respect to distribution of diagnoses, treatment, duration, response time and patient flow.

METHODS:

Case notes were drawn from all dermatology consultations managed during 2003-2009 through the national teledermatology system. These were compared with case notes drawn from the same journal system from the regular outpatient clinic.

RESULTS:

Over the last 7 years, a total of 9161 consultations in 7.7% of the population have been performed. The demography of the patient population reflects the underlying population apart for an over-representation of the female gender in younger years. The disease spectrum is comparable with what has been reported in other outpatient clinics, except for the relative absence of skin cancer and pigmented lesions, for which regular outpatient consultation is reserved.

LIMITATIONS:

The study is descriptive.

CONCLUSIONS:

The experience derived suggests that teledermatology may serve as a near-adequate alternative to a regular private practice, if abstaining from treating minor common skin conditions and purely cosmetic conditions is acceptable.

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