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Arch Dermatol. 1998 Apr;134(4):471-6.

Teledermatology and in-person examinations: a comparison of patient and physician perceptions and diagnostic agreement.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 21201, USA. mlowitt@umaryland.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare physician and patient impressions and interphysician diagnostic agreement between live teledermatology and in-person examinations.

DESIGN:

Paired video and in-person examinations with different dermatologists.

SETTING:

An urban Veterans Affairs dermatology clinic.

PATIENTS:

One hundred thirty-nine patients.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Satisfaction questionnaires and interphysician diagnostic agreement.

RESULTS:

Patient and physician satisfaction was high. Agreement between video and in-person diagnoses was 80%.

CONCLUSIONS:

Physicians and patients were satisfied with teledermatology examinations. Diagnostic agreement between in-person and video dermatologists was high.

PMID:
9554300
DOI:
10.1001/archderm.134.4.471
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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