The recognition of skin health and diseases in dermatologic outpatients

Chang Min Choi, Hee Ryung Cho, Bark Lynn Lew, Woo Young Sim, Jun Young Lee, Kyu Joong Ahn, Hae Jun Song, Kyu Han Kim, Kwang Hyun Cho, Eun So Lee, Mingeol Lee, Jee Ho Choi, Chun Wook Park

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Background: Social interests and the prevalence of skin disease have increased rapidly along with social development and improvement of life quality. Information on skin diseases and aesthetics are available through the internet and mass media. However, there have been few studies on the value of this information and the treatment-seeking behavior of patients. Objective: To evaluate the recognition of skin health and diseases in patients who visit dermatology clinics and to improve the role of dermatologists in the process. Methods: From March, 2008, to April, 2008, 1901 patients were asked to complete a questionnaire in 62 dermatologic hospitals. The questions covered: purposes of visiting the clinic; duration of skin disease; treatment-seeking behavior; recognition of the prescribed medicine; compliance and common sense about representative skin problems. Results: Patients visited the dermatologic clinic because of skin disease for 67.39% of patients, esthetic treatment in 22.88% of patients, and both in 9.73% of patients. For visits to a dermatology clinic for skin problems, 61.28% of patients visited a clinic but 38.72% did not. Most (81.38%) patients followed the doctor's prescription. Most negative responses to prescribed medicine were due to the internet and mass media or wrong information from pharmacists (52.24%). Moreover, patients who learned about skin diseases and prescription medicines through the internet usually lacked compliance and common sense regarding their skin problems. Conclusion: The internet can provide good information about healthy skin and skin diseases, but we have to consider its disadvantages of exaggeration and misbelief. The effects of this tool have been overstated and excessively publicized in comparison to actual established clinical results. Use of the internet may delay diagnosis and decrease compliance. Consequently, dermatologists have to provide correct information to minimize the disadvantages of internet information. Patients who have abnormal skin problems should visit dermatologic clinics to be evaluated and treated appropriately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-190
Number of pages7
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Volume48
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar 1

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Skin Diseases
Outpatients
Health
Internet
Skin
Compliance
Mass Media
Ambulatory Care
Dermatology
Esthetics
Prescriptions
Recognition (Psychology)
Information Seeking Behavior
Pharmacists
Therapeutics
Quality of Life

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  • Dermatology

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Choi, C. M., Cho, H. R., Lew, B. L., Sim, W. Y., Lee, J. Y., Ahn, K. J., ... Park, C. W. (2010). The recognition of skin health and diseases in dermatologic outpatients. Korean Journal of Dermatology, 48(3), 184-190.
Choi, Chang Min ; Cho, Hee Ryung ; Lew, Bark Lynn ; Sim, Woo Young ; Lee, Jun Young ; Ahn, Kyu Joong ; Song, Hae Jun ; Kim, Kyu Han ; Cho, Kwang Hyun ; Lee, Eun So ; Lee, Mingeol ; Choi, Jee Ho ; Park, Chun Wook. / The recognition of skin health and diseases in dermatologic outpatients. In: Korean Journal of Dermatology. 2010 ; Vol. 48, No. 3. pp. 184-190.
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The recognition of skin health and diseases in dermatologic outpatients. / Choi, Chang Min; Cho, Hee Ryung; Lew, Bark Lynn; Sim, Woo Young; Lee, Jun Young; Ahn, Kyu Joong; Song, Hae Jun; Kim, Kyu Han; Cho, Kwang Hyun; Lee, Eun So; Lee, Mingeol; Choi, Jee Ho; Park, Chun Wook.

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Choi CM, Cho HR, Lew BL, Sim WY, Lee JY, Ahn KJ et al. The recognition of skin health and diseases in dermatologic outpatients. Korean Journal of Dermatology. 2010 Mar 1;48(3):184-190.