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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2000 June;135(3):353-8

language: Italian

Epidemiology in the definition of needs and use of medical services for skin disorders in Italy

Naldi L. *°, Cainelli T. *

Università degli Studi - Milano
* Clinica Dermatologica V, Ospedali Riuniti - Bergamo
° Unità Funzionale di Farmacologia Clinica ed Epidemiologia


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There is a paucity of data on the frequency of skin disorders in the general population. The concept of what constitutes a “skin disorder” is largely influenced by social and cultural factors. Clearer guidelines as to what constitutes acceptable needs within the health care system should be defined. A limited number of studies have provided estimates of the prevalence or incidence of skin disorders in the general population. It has been estimated that the overall proportion of the population found to have skin disease worthy of medical care is about 20 to 40%. Only a small proportion of these subjects, however, make use of medical services. Small variations in the threshold for seeking medical advice would result in major changes in usage of medical services. The role of patient education cannot be underestimated.

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