Abstract

Abstract:

Background. In Haiti, rural populations lack access to specialized care, such as dermatology, yet dermatological conditions are common causes for primary care (PC) visits. Studies on teledermatology from resource-constrained settings demonstrate promising results. We assessed the feasibility of implementing teledermatology in rural Haiti. Methods. Patients with dermatological problems were examined by a PC provider in Haiti. Photos and intake evaluations were reviewed by U.S.-based dermatologists. Results. Among 101 patients with dermatological problems, atopic disease and fungal infections were most common. Average diagnostic concordance between Haitian providers and U.S. dermatologists was 68.9%. The average time from intake to "case-closed" was 1.67 days. Discussion. Diagnostic concordance and turn-around time were comparable to similar studies, demonstrating that teledermatology is well-suited for rural Haiti and could increase access to specialized care. Conclusion. In Haiti and similar settings, telemedicine should be considered a viable option for meeting the health care needs of underserved populations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 1394-1406
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-29
Open Access
No
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