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Research Letter
November 23, 2016

Patient-Acquired Photographs for the Management of Postoperative Concerns

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
JAMA Dermatol. Published online November 23, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4012

Telemedicine has improved accessibility and convenience for dermatologic care, especially for the management of medical concerns and for screening of skin cancers.1 The ubiquity of technology that is able to take photographs (eg, smartphones and digital cameras) has allowed for patient-directed use of teledermatology.1 Its applicability to dermatologic surgery is somewhat limited, although self-acquired patient photographs have been used for assistance with identification of biopsy sites.24 Our quality improvement study assessed the utility of patient-directed photography for triaging and managing concerns that occur after dermatologic surgery.

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