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Time needed to schedule dermatological consultations in Brazil.

Miot HA, Miot LD - An Bras Dermatol (2013 Jul-Aug)

Bottom Line: The median time to schedule a consultation ranged from 6 (out-of-pocket payment) to 7 (medical insurance) consecutive working days.The characteristics of dermatologists are varied throughout regions of the country.Private consultations and procedures are scheduled sooner than with insurance companies.

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Affiliation: Departament of Dermatology and Radiotherapy, Medical School, State University of São Paulo (Júlio de Mesquita Filho), BotucatuSP, Brazil.

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Background: It is not clear what the population's demand for dermatologists is, nor how many professionals are needed in order to provide adequate care in this area of expertise. Knowledge of the flow of patients at dermatological clinics throughout the country allows for the formation of expansion and distribution policies regarding professionals, and provides backing for the decision to increase medical residency places.

Objectives: To evaluate the time it takes to schedule a private dermatological consultation in Brazil, and other factors concerning consultations.

Methods: Survey with a random sample of 14% of Brazilian dermatologists, simulating the scheduling of emergency clinical and cosmetic consultations, and botulinum toxin procedures. Also, details relating to cost and professionals, were studied. Data were adjusted for each region of the country.

Results: A total of 873 dermatologists were evaluated. Full SBD members represented 85%, and 66% were women. The median time to schedule a consultation ranged from 6 (out-of-pocket payment) to 7 (medical insurance) consecutive working days. Times varied depending on the region. A multivariate analysis showed that out-of-pocket consultations and procedures were scheduled sooner than with medical insurance, regardless of whether they were clinical or cosmetic.

Conclusion: The characteristics of dermatologists are varied throughout regions of the country. Private consultations and procedures are scheduled sooner than with insurance companies.

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Diagram showing the distribution of sampled dermatologists in terms of gender andage bracket
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f01: Diagram showing the distribution of sampled dermatologists in terms of gender andage bracket

Mentions: Over 40% of the dermatologists were under 40. Women and full members represented theyoungest age group, even when broken down by region (p<0,01) (Graph 1).


Time needed to schedule dermatological consultations in Brazil.

Miot HA, Miot LD - An Bras Dermatol (2013 Jul-Aug)

Diagram showing the distribution of sampled dermatologists in terms of gender andage bracket
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f01: Diagram showing the distribution of sampled dermatologists in terms of gender andage bracket
Mentions: Over 40% of the dermatologists were under 40. Women and full members represented theyoungest age group, even when broken down by region (p<0,01) (Graph 1).

Bottom Line: The median time to schedule a consultation ranged from 6 (out-of-pocket payment) to 7 (medical insurance) consecutive working days.The characteristics of dermatologists are varied throughout regions of the country.Private consultations and procedures are scheduled sooner than with insurance companies.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Departament of Dermatology and Radiotherapy, Medical School, State University of São Paulo (Júlio de Mesquita Filho), BotucatuSP, Brazil.

ABSTRACT

Background: It is not clear what the population's demand for dermatologists is, nor how many professionals are needed in order to provide adequate care in this area of expertise. Knowledge of the flow of patients at dermatological clinics throughout the country allows for the formation of expansion and distribution policies regarding professionals, and provides backing for the decision to increase medical residency places.

Objectives: To evaluate the time it takes to schedule a private dermatological consultation in Brazil, and other factors concerning consultations.

Methods: Survey with a random sample of 14% of Brazilian dermatologists, simulating the scheduling of emergency clinical and cosmetic consultations, and botulinum toxin procedures. Also, details relating to cost and professionals, were studied. Data were adjusted for each region of the country.

Results: A total of 873 dermatologists were evaluated. Full SBD members represented 85%, and 66% were women. The median time to schedule a consultation ranged from 6 (out-of-pocket payment) to 7 (medical insurance) consecutive working days. Times varied depending on the region. A multivariate analysis showed that out-of-pocket consultations and procedures were scheduled sooner than with medical insurance, regardless of whether they were clinical or cosmetic.

Conclusion: The characteristics of dermatologists are varied throughout regions of the country. Private consultations and procedures are scheduled sooner than with insurance companies.

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