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August 1977

Utilization of Physician Services for Dermatologic Complaints: The United States, 1974

Author Affiliations

Columbia, Mo

From the Center for Community Health and Medical Care and Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Dr Stern); the Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York (Dr Johnson); and the National Center for Health Statistics, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Rockville, Md (Dr DeLozier).

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(8):1062-1066. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640080064008

• The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey provides data on the "who," "for what complaint," and "to whom" for office visits to office-based physicians. In 1974, complaints referable to the skin accounted for 44 million physicians visits. This represents 7% of the 634 million visits to physician offices made during this period. Dermatologists accounted for 34% of all visits for skin complaints. General and family practitioners accounted for 40% of such encounters. Office visits prompted by dermatologic complaints were frequently less than 16 minutes long. Each office-based dermatologist accounted for an average of 5,600 patient visits per year. According to the dermatologist's diagnosis, 31% of these visits were prompted by acne; warts accounted for an additional 8%.

(Arch Dermatol 113:1062-1066, 1977)

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