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Racial Disparities Found in the Management of Acne

J Dermatolog Treat; ePub 2017 Sep 11; Rogers, et al

Among outpatient visits for acne in the US, racial disparities exist in the likelihood of seeing a dermatologist and receiving treatment, according to a recent study. Treatment disparities are less common, however, when care is provided by a dermatologist. Nationally representative data on the management of acne vulgaris were gathered from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) for the years 2005–2014. Visits to any specialist were included. Researchers found:

  • Black patients are less likely than white patients to visit a dermatologist, receive any acne medication, receive a combination acne medication, or receive isotretinoin.
  • Adjusting for management by a dermatologist eliminated the association between race and the prescription of any acne medication as well as between race and the prescription of isotretinoin.

Citation:

Rogers AT, Semenov YR, Kwatra SG, Okoye GA. Racial disparities in the management of acne: Evidence from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2005–2014. [Published online ahead of print September 11, 2017]. J Dermatolog Treat. doi:10.1080/09546634.2017.1371836.

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