Teledermatology: Its use in the detection and management of actinic keratosis

Janda, Monika (2015) Teledermatology: Its use in the detection and management of actinic keratosis. Current Problems in Dermatology, 46, pp. 101-107.

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Teledermatology can profoundly improve access to medical services for those who may have limited access to dermatology due to workforce shortages, distance to providers, or limitations in their mobility. Two common ways of teledermatology are differentiated: life synchronous, where patient and doctor communicate directly, or store and forward asynchronous methods, where the patient and doctor provide and assess the medical information independently. Teledermatology has been tested for its safety, feasibility and accuracy for a number of dermatological conditions, including the early detection of skin cancer and is usually safe, feasible and accurate. Studies reported somewhat better results for synchronous than asynchronous methods, possibly because of loss of information if no direct patient doctor contact is feasible. However asynchronous methods are easier to organize, require less sophisticated technology and are more widely accessible, and are more convenient for both patients and doctors. No study to date focused solely on teledermatology of actinic keratosis, but such lesions are typically found during teledermatology examinations for other main target lesions. In studies where such results were reported, actinic keratoses seemed to be readily identifiable for teledermatologists and adequate management and treatment can be suggested within remote consultations.

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ID Code: 91446
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: teledermatology, actinic keratosis
DOI: 10.1159/000366545
ISSN: 1662-2944
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel
Copyright Statement: This is the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscript version of the following article: Soyer HP, Prow TW, Jemec GBE (eds): Actinic Keratosis. Curr Probl Dermatol. Basel, Karger, 2015, vol 46, pp 101-107, (DOI:10.1159/000366545) . The final, published version is available at
Deposited On: 22 Dec 2015 00:06
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 01:46

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