Phototherapy in dermatology: A call for action.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Of the wide range of treatment modalities available to dermatologists, few possess the history, efficacy, and safety of phototherapy. It should be emphasized that dermatologists are the only group of physicians optimally trained and qualified to understand the medical indications of phototherapy. Phototherapy, recognized for its cost-effectiveness, should remain a consideration in patient treatment. Continued training and education in residency and thereafter is needed to maintain the proficiency of physicians. In addition, payors need continued education to ensure that insurance coverage of phototherapy is not a barrier for patients to access this therapy. To further improve and optimize the outcome, phototherapy research needs to be supported.
Medical Subject Headings
Biological Factors; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Dermatology; Female; Humans; Incidence; Male; PUVA Therapy; Phototherapy; Psoriasis; Risk Assessment; Skin Diseases; Treatment Outcome; Ultraviolet Therapy