The dermatology hospitalist: creating value by rapid clinical pathologic correlation in a patient-centered care model
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012
© 2012 The International Society of Dermatology
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 51, Issue 12, pages 1461–1466, December 2012
How to Cite
el-Azhary, R., Weenig, R. H. and Gibson, L. E. (2012), The dermatology hospitalist: creating value by rapid clinical pathologic correlation in a patient-centered care model. International Journal of Dermatology, 51: 1461–1466. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2011.05412.x
Conflicts of interest: None.
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012
Background The active and continuous presence of dermatologists in hospitals has undergone continued involution over the past two decades. Our patient-centered, value-based dermatology hospitalist model describes an efficient system for the integration of the dermatologist in the hospital treatment team.
Methods We describe five difficult inpatient cases to illustrate the value of dermatology intervention and clinical pathologic correlation in facilitating timely diagnosis and treatment.
Results Prompt specialty evaluation and clinicopathologic correlation by hospital dermatologists led to decreased morbidity and the avoidance of delay in initiating definitive treatment.
Conclusions Efficient evaluation and clinicopathologic correlation by dermatology hospitalists are essential to hospitals that provide comprehensive care. This value-based model has the potential to produce better patient outcomes and greater satisfaction in both patients and other health care providers.