Ninety-six points of lights: Phototherapy practices of members of The Photomedicine Society

Colby C. Evans, Ponciano D Cruz

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Abstract

Background: Phototherapy is an effective and relatively safe treatment for many skin diseases. Recent concern has focused on an apparent decline in phototherapy usage in the US. Objective: To determine the current state of phototherapy as practiced globally. Methods: Cross-sectional survey of members of the Photomedicine Society. Results: Data derived from responses of 96 members showed all to have been in practice for more than five years, providing phototherapy within two years of completing residency. Usage of narrow-band ultraviolet B, ultraviolet A-1 (UVA-1), bath-psoralens; plus UVA, and photodynamic therapy was markedly greater among phototherapists in Europe compared to their counterparts in North America and Asia. Conclusions: Worldwide, there are fewer younger dermatologists who incorporate phototherapy in their practices. European phototherapists have led the world in usage of the newer phototherapy modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-7
Number of pages3
JournalPhotodermatology Photoimmunology and Photomedicine
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

Keywords

  • PUVA photochemotherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Phototherapy
  • The Photomedicine Society
  • UVA-1 phototherapy
  • UVB phototherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Dermatology

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