95876 - AFP Clinical Challenge May 2017: Skin
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To provide guidance for the general practitioner in the management of conditions affecting the skin.Relevance to General Practice
In Australia, dermatological conditions are commonly encountered in general practice, accounting for about 15% of all patient presentations.1 These include neoplastic as well as non-neoplastic inflammatory conditions, such as rosacea and scabies. General practitioners (GPs), therefore, have a key role in the diagnoses, management and treatment of skin conditions. Often, GPs will be required to take skin biopsies for pathology testing, or perform procedures such as excision or cryosurgery for treatment. However, GPs receive little training in dermatology, particularly in and studies have shown that their ability to manage dermatological conditions is suboptimal.2 Ongoing education in this area is essential to ensure that GPs have the skills and confidence in providing optimal management of dermatological conditions.
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