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Dermatologist-Delivered Intervention Is Effective

JAMA Dermatology; ePub 2018 Aug 8; Mallett, et al

A brief dermatologist-delivered intervention resulted in a higher level of satisfaction with dermatologist-patient communication and improved sun protection behavior among patients across several months. This according to a recent study that examined the association of a brief dermatologist-delivered intervention vs usual care with patient satisfaction and sun protection behavior. Researchers evaluated adults receiving dermatology care from April 25 to November 6, 2017, at 2 dermatologic clinic sites to compare outcomes associated with the intervention with that of usual care on 1- and 3-month patient outcomes. Participants were assigned to the intervention group (n=77) or the control group (n=82). They found:

  • Patients in the intervention group (46 women and 31 men; mean [SD] age, 52.4 [9.6] years) rated dermatologist-patient communication more positive compared with patients in the control group (59 women and 23 men; mean [SD] age, 51.4 [11.3 years]).
  • 18% (14 of 77) of patients in the intervention group reported ≥1 sunburns 1 month after the intervention compared with 35% (29 of 82) of patients in the control group.
  • Patients in the intervention group reported increased use of sunscreen across 3 months.


Mallett KA, Turrisi R, Billingsley E, et al. Evaluation of a brief dermatologist-delivered intervention vs usual care on sun protection behavior. [Published online ahead of print August 8, 2018]. JAMA Dermatology. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.2331.