What do dermatology patients believe?
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 1, Issue 4, pages 293–302, July 1976
How to Cite
Burton, J. L. and Thompson, L. (1976), What do dermatology patients believe?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 1: 293–302. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1976.tb00968.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 2 February 1976
A study of 151 new outpatients attending a dermatology clinic in Bristol, England, has been performed to determine what patients with skin disease believe and are told about their condition. The factor most commonly blamed as a causative agent by the patients was worry or emotional upset. Forty-one percent of the patients had used self-medication before going to their general practitioner (GP). Forty-five percent of patients had attended their GP on 4 or more occasions before their referral to hospital. Forty-one percent felt the GP's treatment had either done no good or made things worse, and 13% had experienced some side-effects from treatment. Forty-two percent of patients had been given a diagnosis by their GP but only 16% had been told whether the condition was contagious. Eighteen patients believed they had a contagious disease, but this was subsequently confirmed by the hospital doctor in only 6 cases. Six patients had a skin cancer, but none of them appeared to suspect this diagnosis.