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Psychodermatology awareness among dermatologists: Results of a mail survey


A U.S. mail survey investigated the level of training in and awareness of psychocutaneous disorders (PD) among 102 dermatologists. Only 18% of respondents reported a clear understanding of psychodermatology and only 42% reported being very comfortable in diagnosis or treatment of such disorders. The most common PD disorders were reported as acne, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Delusions of parasitosis (41%), neurotic excoriation (24%) and trichotillomania (17%) were commonly reported. When asked whether they would be interested in a PD continuing medical education event, only 39% responded positively (Jafferany, M. et al. Int J Dermatol 2010, 49: 784).

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