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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1996 Oct;35(4):543-5.

Utilization of outpatient care for psoriasis.

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Department of Dermatology, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Little is known about the utilization of medical services for psoriasis.

OBJECTIVE:

Our purpose was to quantify the medical resources utilized in the United States for the treatment of psoriasis.

METHODS:

By utilizing data tapes from the National Center of Health Statistics we estimated the number of outpatient visits to physicians for psoriasis and the types of drugs prescribed.

RESULTS:

Visits to physicians in the United States made principally for psoriasis average 1.5 million per year. Topical steroids are most often prescribed. At less than 10% of visits are systemic therapies (methotrexate, psoralen, oral retinoids) prescribed.

CONCLUSION:

Although substantial medical resources are utilized in the treatment of psoriasis, the majority of affected persons make less than one visit per year to a physician for treatment.

PMID:
8859280
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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