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Ninety-six points of light: phototherapy practices of members of The Photomedicine Society

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Background: Phototherapy is an effective and relatively safe treatment for many skin diseases. Recent concern has focused on an apparent decline in phototherapy usage in the US.

Objective: To determine the current state of phototherapy as practiced globally.

Methods: Cross-sectional survey of members of the Photomedicine Society.

Results: Data derived from responses of 96 members showed all to have been in practice for more than five years, providing phototherapy within two years of completing residency. Usage of narrow-band ultraviolet B, ultraviolet A-1 (UVA-1), bath-psoralens plus UVA, and photodynamic therapy was markedly greater among phototherapists in Europe compared to their counterparts in North America and Asia.

Conclusions: Worldwide, there are fewer younger dermatologists who incorporate phototherapy in their practices. European phototherapists have led the world in usage of the newer phototherapy modalities.
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Keywords: PUVA photochemotherapy; The Photomedicine Society; UVA-1 phototherapy; UVB phototherapy; photodynamic therapy; phototherapy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, The University of Texas South-Western Medical Center and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 5323, Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75390–9069, USA

Publication date: 2003-02-01

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