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Research Letter
February 2016

Use of Health Care Resources and Costs After Patient Nonattendance in Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Biostatistics, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(2):220-221. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.4030

Patient nonattendance occurs when patients miss appointments without notifying their health care professionals in advance. In dermatology, nonattendance rates range from 7.8% to 31.0% of scheduled appointments.1 The consequences of nonattendance range from compromised care to wasted appointment slots, decreased efficiency, and diluted residency training.2 We seek to define the effect of nonattendance on subsequent use of health care resources and health care spending in dermatology.

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