Store-and-forward (asynchronous) doctor-to-dermatologist non-skin cancer specific teledermatology services in Australia: A scoping review

Lee, Celine Jessica, Boyce, Aaron, Chequer de Souza, Julia, and Evans, Rebecca (2024) Store-and-forward (asynchronous) doctor-to-dermatologist non-skin cancer specific teledermatology services in Australia: A scoping review. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 65 (1). pp. 37-48.

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Store-and-forward teledermatology (SAFT) has become increasingly popular as a means to increase access to specialist care and address healthcare disparities such as those experienced by rural communities. A contemporary systematic overview of the Australian SAFT services and outcomes for all dermatological conditions is missing. This scoping review provides an overview of Australian SAFT models. Twelve studies were identified through web databases, grey literature sites and reference lists of eligible articles. Eligibility criteria included studies evaluating doctor-to-dermatologist Australian SAFT services provided to Australians for all skin conditions but excluded the studies that solely focused on skin cancers. Data on study design, setting, population, SAFT model, referral characteristics, patient, and general practitioner perspectives, diagnostic concordance, and measured outcomes such as follow up, investigation and waiting time were extracted. Quality of the included studies was assessed using CASP tools. Synthesis reveals that SAFT can be used for patients with any dermatological condition, provides more accurate diagnostics compared to cases without dermatologist input, may reduce waiting times for dermatological expertise, and users generally had positive experiences with SAFT. Although results are positive, this review reveals the heterogenous nature of the literature on SAFT in Australia and a need to establish a uniform approach to assessing the outcomes and impacts of such services.

Item ID: 81260
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-0960
Keywords: Australia, dermatologists, dermatology, skin, telemedicine
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Authors. Australasian Journal of Dermatology published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Australasian College of Dermatologists. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2024 02:36
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320205 Dermatology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280103 Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences @ 100%
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