American Academy of Dermatology patch testing survey: Use and effectiveness of this procedure

William D. James, Lawrence E. Rosenthal, Ronald R. Brancaccio, James Marks

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Abstract

The results of an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)-sponsored survey on the use and effectiveness of patch testing are presented. Academy members' responses indicate that 27% do not patch test at all. Reasons given for not testing included (1) the patient history was adequate for diagnosis, (2) patch testing was too time-consuming, and (3) reimbursement was not sufficient. Dermatologists in residency training programs who responded to a similar survey are testing frequently and report a high degree of positivity and relevancy among tests applied. Recommendations are presented with a focus toward increasing interest in patch testing among the membership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-994
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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