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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Oct;77(4):746-752. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2017.06.030. Epub 2017 Aug 4.

Trends in dermatology practices and the implications for the workforce.

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1
Department of Dermatology, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
2
American Academy of Dermatology, Washington, DC, and Schaumburg, Illinois.
3
American Academy of Dermatology, Washington, DC, and Schaumburg, Illinois. Electronic address: holkaba@aad.org.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) practice profile surveys have been conducted for more than a decade to gauge trends in our workforce supply and demand.

OBJECTIVE:

To update the trends and current workforce issues for the field of dermatology.

METHODS:

The AAD Practice Profile Survey is sent by both e-mail and postal mail to a random sample of practicing dermatologists who are AAD members.

RESULTS:

Shifts are noted in the primary practice setting; fewer dermatologists are in solo practice and more are in group practices than in previous years. Teledermatology use trended upward from 7% to 11% between 2012 and 2014. The implementation of electronic health records increased from 51% in 2011 to 70% in 2014.

LIMITATIONS:

There is potential for response bias and inaccurate self-reporting. Survey responses collected may not be representative of all geographic areas.

CONCLUSION:

The demand for dermatology services remains strong. Shifts in the practice setting may be related to increases in overhead costs that are partially associated with the implementation of technology-based medical records. Integration of electronic health records and utilization of telemedicine are increasing.

KEYWORDS:

electronic medical records; nonphysician dermatology providers; perceived supply of dermatologists telemedicine; workforce

PMID:
28784330
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2017.06.030
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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