Conflicts of interest:
Photoprotection counseling of non-white ethno-racial groups: a survey of the practice of expert dermatologists
Article first published online: 6 NOV 2012
© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
Volume 28, Issue 6, pages 335–337, December 2012
How to Cite
Pourciau, C. Y., Eide, M. J., Mahan, M. and Lim, H. W. (2012), Photoprotection counseling of non-white ethno-racial groups: a survey of the practice of expert dermatologists. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 28: 335–337. doi: 10.1111/phpp.12001
Dr Lim has served as a consultant for La-Roche-Posay and Procter & Gamble as well as a consultant and investigator for Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals.
This project was funded by a Henry Ford Hospital Resident Research Grant (Dr Pourciau). Dr Eide was supported in part by a Career Development Award in Health Policy from the Dermatology Foundation.
A poster of preliminary data from this research project was presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ.
- Issue published online: 6 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 6 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JUL 2012
- Henry Ford Hospital Resident Research Grant
- Career Development Award in Health Policy from the Dermatology Foundation
- ethnic dermatology;
- physician behavior
The morbidity of skin cancer in non-white, ethno-racial populations is well established, yet no specific guidelines exist addressing the manner in which this population should be counseled on photoexposure. We conducted a 20-item survey to assess the behavior of specialized dermatologists when providing photoprotection recommendations to non-white, ethno-racial patients as well as the perceived relevance of counseling for this group. Our study demonstrated that key opinion leaders within the fields of photodermatology and ethnic dermatology believe that photoprotection counseling is beneficial for ethno-racial minorities. Based on these preliminary data and other recently published reports, the development of photoprotection guidelines specific to non-white, ethno-racial groups may be warranted.