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Research Letter
October 19, 2016

Dermatologists’ Perceptions, Recommendations, and Use of Sunscreen

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 2National Society for Cutaneous Medicine, New York, New York
  • 3Affiliated Dermatology, New York, New York
  • 4Iris Interactive System, Cody, Wyoming
  • 5Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine, New York
JAMA Dermatol. Published online October 19, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3698

Regular use of sunscreen is an important component of sun protection and has been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer.1 Multiple professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as dermatologists themselves, have recommended patient counseling regarding the use of sunscreen.2,3 However, there have been other conflicting messages about sunscreen (sometimes without scientific support) that have led to confusion by the public.4 Dermatologists regularly discuss these issues with patients and their recommendations affect patients’ selection of sunscreen; however, to our knowledge, their actual views have not been studied.2,5 The purpose of this study was to determine, via a survey, US dermatologists’ perceptions of the safety and efficacy of sunscreen, recommendations to patients regarding its use, and their personal use of sunscreen (Figure).

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