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April 29, 2020

An Evidence-Based Approach to Starting a Psychodermatology Clinic

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin
JAMA Dermatol. 2020;156(6):617-618. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.0393

In this issue of JAMA Dermatology, Patel and Jafferany1 provide an in-depth analysis of 23 psychodermatology (PD) clinics, including how they are structured, what conditions they treat, and what treatments are offered. This is a comprehensive synthesis of available literature describing the various PD clinic models.

Despite the literature on this topic, Patel and Jafferany1 provide the first synthesis of the ins and outs of different PD practices in 1 succinct reference. In addition to highlighting the many different models for clinic structure (including its experts and clinic flow), they also address key barriers that exist for patient access and provide evidence that a PD clinic model can reduce health care costs. In short, the PD clinic can provide value to both complex patients and overused health care systems.

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