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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 80, n° 6
pages 1804-1808 (juin 2019)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2019.01.031
accepted : 17 January 2019
Consultative Dermatology

Where are we now with inpatient consultative dermatology?: Assessing the value and evolution of this subspecialty over the past decade

Lauren M. Madigan, MD a, Lindy P. Fox, MD b,
a Department of Dermatology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 
b Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, California 

Reprint requests: Lindy P. Fox, MD, 1701 Divisadero St, PO Box 0316, San Francisco, CA 94143.1701 Divisadero StPO Box 0316San FranciscoCA94143

The importance of inpatient consultative dermatology is often underrecognized and undervalued. A significant need exists because the burden of skin disease in the hospital is great and expertise regarding the recognition and management of uncommon and severe skin disorders is limited outside the field. In response to this need, the concept of a dermatology hospitalist was defined and the Society for Dermatology Hospitalists was created in 2009. Over the past decade, the subspecialty has developed and fostered both research and education. Data now exist demonstrating the value of inpatient dermatology services not only to patients but also to payors and health care systems. Future needs include strategies to improve access to expertise and additional efforts to establish our field as an indispensable and enduring component of hospital-based care.

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Key words : complex medical dermatology, dermatology consultation, dermatology hospitalist, inpatient consultative dermatology, inpatient dermatology, value-based care

Abbreviations used : DRG, SDH

 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: None disclosed.

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