An exploratory study demonstrating the diagnostic ability of healthcare professionals in primary care using online case studies for common skin conditions

Rod Tucker, Mahendra Patel, Alison L. Layton, Shernaz Walton

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OBJECTIVES: To compare the diagnostic ability of pharmacists, nurses and general practitioners (GPs) for a range of skin conditions. METHODS: An online study comprising 10 specifically developed dermatological case studies containing a digital image of the skin condition and a short case history. A total of 60 participants (20 representing each of pharmacists, GPs and primary care nurses) were required to identify the skin condition as well as the features in the case history that supported the diagnosis and the recommended first-line management approach for the condition. KEY FINDINGS: The mean diagnostic scores for each group were GPs = 8.8 (95% confidence interval, CI, 7.9-9.6), pharmacists = 6.2 (95% CI, 5.4-6.9) and nurses = 7.0 (95% CI, 6.1-7.9). Post hoc analysis revealed that the difference in mean diagnostic scores was significant (P 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014


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