Retaining dermatology patients in primary care using dialogues

Brainard, Julii, Crawford, Amy, Wright, Beth, Lim, Mark and Everden, Paul (2023) Retaining dermatology patients in primary care using dialogues. Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie. ISSN 0151-9638 (In Press)

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Background: There are long patient waits for specialist care. A dermatology dialogue service between primary and secondary care (DDPS) was developed in eastern England. Primary care referrers uploaded patient images of skin conditions for review by and dialogue with consultant dermatologists to try to retain patients in primary care rather than be referred to secondary care.   Methods: Evaluation of service performance with respect to specific targets including reduction in secondary care wait list growth in the period April 2021-March 2022 inclusive. Service activity was summarized with respect to speed of resolution, case counts and dispositions. Clinician and patient satisfaction were canvased with structured questionnaires. Actual new referral counts were compared to projections based on historical data. Wait list growth was compared to other specialisms and other commissioning areas. Wait times to receive first treatment were monitored.   Results: Over 3300 patients were enrolled, > 90% of dialogues were resolved within 36 hours. Clinician and patient satisfaction were high. Frequently asked questions and conditions were highlighted by dermatologists to design and deliver an educational event for primary care clinicians that was well received. Wait list growth to see dermatology in the commissioning area was smaller for dermatology than other large specialisms, and mostly smaller growth than dermatology wait lists commissioned by other NHS commissioners. Negative impact on the urgent priority (cancer pathway) wait list could not be observed. Conclusions: The DDPS was satisfactory to clinicians and patients and coincided with smaller dermatology wait list growth than might otherwise have been expected.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This evaluation was funded by the UEA Health and Social Care Partnership (UEAH&SCP). UEAH&SCP were not involved in the data collection, analysis and manuscript preparation. JB is affiliated to the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Emergency Preparedness and Response at King’s College London in partnership with the UK Health Security Agency (UK HSA) and collaboration with the University of East Anglia. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the UEAH&SCP, NHS, NIHR, UEA, UK Department of Health, UKHSA, any funder, private company or NHS organisations involved with service delivery.
Uncontrolled Keywords: pathway management,health services,primary care,referrals,dermatoscope,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Epidemiology and Public Health
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Public Health and Health Services Research
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2023 14:31
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2023 00:43

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