The provision of ambulatory dermatologic procedural care is not well characterized.
Our purpose was to determine the frequency that different cutaneous procedures are performed by different physician specialties and the diagnoses corresponding to these procedures.
Outpatient dermatologic procedures recorded in the 1993 and 1994 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey were analyzed.
To define dermatologic procedures and diagnoses, the International Classification of Diseases diagnosis and procedure codes were identified that related to the skin and subcutaneous tissues.
Sampling weights were applied to achieve the nationally representative estimates.
During 1993 and 1994, an estimated 37 million dermatologic procedures were performed.
Most were performed by dermatologists (69%) and by family and general practice physicians (15%). A single procedure, « Other local excision or destruction of lesion or tissue of skin and subcutaneous tissue, » constituted 65% of all of the dermatologic procedures.
UV light treatments, ambulatory microscopic examination of skin specimens, and acne surgical procedures were performed almost exclusively by dermatologists.
Most skin biopsies (82%) and excision/destruction procedures (71%) were performed by dermatologists.
Actinic keratoses and viral warts accounted for 25% of all cutaneous dermatologic diagnoses treated. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Diagnostic, Exploration, Traitement, Etude statistique, Peau pathologie, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Physician, United States, North America, America, Diagnosis, Exploration, Treatment, Statistical study, Skin disease, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0037842
Code Inist : 002B08J. Création : 17/04/1998.