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JAMA Dermatology Clinical Evidence Synopsis
November 2017

Task Shifting in Dermatology: A Call to Action

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London, England
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(11):1179-1180. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.3342

Clinical Question  Can task shifting be used to improve the delivery of dermatologic care in resource-poor settings worldwide?

Bottom Line  Task shifting is a means of redistributing available resources, whereby highly trained individuals train an available workforce to provide necessary care in low-resource settings. Limited evidence exists for task shifting in dermatology; however, studies from psychiatry demonstrate its efficacy. In the field of dermatology there is a need for high-quality evidence including randomized clinical trials to validate the implementation of task shifting in low-resource settings globally.