Phototherapy in dermatology: A call for action

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Jun;72(6):1078-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.03.017.


Of the wide range of treatment modalities available to dermatologists, few possess the history, efficacy, and safety of phototherapy. It should be emphasized that dermatologists are the only group of physicians optimally trained and qualified to understand the medical indications of phototherapy. Phototherapy, recognized for its cost-effectiveness, should remain a consideration in patient treatment. Continued training and education in residency and thereafter is needed to maintain the proficiency of physicians. In addition, payors need continued education to ensure that insurance coverage of phototherapy is not a barrier for patients to access this therapy. To further improve and optimize the outcome, phototherapy research needs to be supported.

Keywords: biologics; cost-effectiveness; cutaneous diseases; narrowband ultraviolet B; phototherapy; psoralen plus ultraviolet A; psoriasis; ultraviolet A1.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Factors / economics*
  • Biological Factors / therapeutic use
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Dermatology / standards
  • Dermatology / trends
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • PUVA Therapy / economics
  • PUVA Therapy / methods
  • PUVA Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Phototherapy / economics*
  • Phototherapy / methods
  • Phototherapy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psoriasis / economics
  • Psoriasis / therapy
  • Risk Assessment
  • Skin Diseases / economics
  • Skin Diseases / pathology*
  • Skin Diseases / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultraviolet Therapy / economics
  • Ultraviolet Therapy / methods
  • Ultraviolet Therapy / statistics & numerical data


  • Biological Factors