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Title: Dermatological services; patient profiling in a rural tertiary hospital.
Authors: Thomas, Lauren
Felmingham, Claire
Tilakaratne, Dev
Citation: © 2021 The Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Australas J Dermatol. 2021 Mar 17. doi: 10.1111/ajd.13548.
Abstract: BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There is a paucity of research available regarding the epidemiology of patients attending dermatology outpatient services in Australia. Our objective was to analyse who was attending public dermatology outpatient clinics in a Northern Territory tertiary hospital, with a particular focus on Indigenous and rural patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients who attended dermatology outpatient clinics between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016. Outcome measures included patient demographics (age, gender, ethnicity and postcode) and referrer details. RESULTS: Over the 12 month study period, 923 appointments were scheduled for 500 patients. Of the appointments scheduled, 667 were attended. Twelve per cent of patients were Indigenous, and of the total appointment attendances, 10% were by Indigenous patients. Of the 923 appointments, 28% were not attended, with a higher non-attendance rate for Indigenous patients at 36%. The majority of patients seen were adults, for both groups, but a larger proportion of Indigenous children were seen. Nine per cent of patients with a recorded address were from a remote region. CONCLUSION: Dermatology outpatient services are likely under-utilised by Indigenous, and remote patients. If we are to improve skin health in Australia, barriers such as limited access to dermatological services in remote regions must be addressed.
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Journal title: The Australasian journal of dermatology
Publication Date: 2021-03-17
Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1111/ajd.13548
Orcid: 0000-0003-0293-3579
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