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Bridging Dermatologists With Patient Advocacy Organizations Through Smartphones

A. Shadi Kourosh, MD1; Evan D. Schoenberg, MD1; Jean M. Dejace, MD1; Paul R. Bergstresser, MD1
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1Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(3):297-302. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7027.
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Importance  Patient advocacy organizations seek to increase their benefits for patients with skin disease; low awareness and patient referrals among dermatologists have presented an obstacle to this.

Objective  To determine whether the Skin Advocate iPhone App would increase awareness and referrals to patient advocacy organizations in the Coalition of Skin Diseases (CSD) among Texas dermatologists and dermatology residents and patient registrations among CSD member organizations.

Design, Setting, and Participants  We present results of an institutional review board–exempted investigation conducted among member organizations of the CSD and among dermatologists and dermatology residents in Texas from April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2013. Effects were measured in a blinded fashion subjectively through pre-intervention and post-intervention surveys and objectively through internal analytics that tracked downloads and use of the iPhone app, as well as pre-intervention and post-intervention numbers of registrations for CSD member organizations.

Intervention  The Skin Advocate iPhone App.

Main Outcomes and Measures  Awareness and referrals to patient advocacy organizations in the CSD among Texas dermatologists and dermatology residents and patient registrations among CSD member organizations.

Results  Throughout the study, mean app use ranged from 3.3 to 3.6 uses per user per month, maintaining the 3-fold improvement compared with self-reported referral for 90% of the study population and a 12-fold improvement for 64% of the study population. Our data revealed substantial improvement in self-reported physician awareness and referrals, and increased patient registrations for CSD organizations.

Conclusions and Relevance  The Skin Advocate iPhone App improved physician awareness and subsequent referrals to CSD member organizations.

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The Skin Advocate iPhone App Icon Enlarged From the iPhone Home Screen
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Awareness and Referral to Coalition of Skin Diseases (CSD) Organizations

Pre-intervention and post-intervention percentage of awareness and referral to CSD organizations among Texas dermatologists and residents. BCCNS indicates Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome; CARF, Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation; CLF, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation; DEBRA, Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America; FIRST, Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types; IPPF, International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation; ISDI, Inflammatory Skin Disease Institute; NAAF, National Alopecia Areata Foundation; NEA, National Eczema Association; NFED, National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias; PC, Pachyonychia Congenita Project; SWF, Sturge-Weber Foundation; VSI, Vitiligo Support International; XP, Xeroderma Pigmentosa Family Support Group.

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National Eczema Association Monthly Texas Registrations

Monthly registrations for the National Eczema Association comparing the intervention year (2011) and the 3 prior years.

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National Eczema Association Annual Texas Registrations

Annual registrations for the National Eczema Association comparing intervention year (2011) and 3 prior years.

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