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Practice Gaps
Nov 2012

Practice Gap in Patient Education: Comment on “The Person-Centered Dermatology Self-Care Index”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Dermatology Research, Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(11):1255-1256. doi:10.1001/2013.jamadermatol.212

Patients clearly have education and support needs in the management of chronic conditions. Are those needs being met? Cowdell et al1 describe the development of an instrument that assesses these needs. While not the primary focus of their article, the study clearly identifies a gap in practice: the percentage of patients reporting less than sufficient ability to perform basic aspects of care—such as what the treatment is for, how to obtain a prescription refill, how much cream or ointment should be applied, and how to minimize adverse effects, among others—ranged from 7% to 44%. If this is generalizable to other dermatology practices, the practice gap in this area is large.

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