Identifying Barriers to Developing Expertise in Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of hair-bearing intertriginous areas with a profound impact on quality of life.
OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine what barriers to treatment exist among both HS experts and non-experts.
METHODS: An IRB-approved, anonymous, voluntary survey was distributed to dermatologists through the HS Foundation listserv from June to September 2021.
RESULTS: Eighty-eight total responses were collected from 49 (55.7%) experts and 39 (44.3%) non-experts. Statistically significant differences were found in the comfort level of treating moderate (
LIMITATIONS: We were unable to calculate response rate since listserv survey recipients were encouraged to share the survey through their personal networks.
CONCLUSION: This data demonstrates statistically significant differences in levels of comfort and interest between experts and non-experts in treating moderate to severe disease, as well as differences in medical therapies utilized. Furthermore, multiple barriers to expertise were identified by both experts and non-experts.
Schukow C, Townsend C, Jess N, Daveluy S. Identifying barriers to developing expertise in hidradenitis suppurativa. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2023 Sep;16(9):38-40. PMID: 37720198.