Psychodermatology knowledge and awareness: A cross-sectional Egyptian perspective

Dermatol Ther. 2020 Aug 28;e14239. doi: 10.1111/dth.14239. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

The merging of psychiatry and dermatology has resulted in a relatively newer emerging field known as psychodermatology (PD). The aim of this cross sectional study was to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practice patterns of Egyptian dermatologists towards psychodermatology. A cross sectional study was designed and data were collected using structured self-administered online questionnaires. A total of 212 dermatologists completed the full questionnaire. Those with incomplete or partially answered responses were excluded. 171 (81.1%) were females and 40 (18.9%) were males. The majority (n = 109;51.4%) of dermatologists completing the survey were between 30 and 40 years age group while those between 40 and 50 years of age accounted for 48 (22.6%). The vast majority of respondent dermatologists never referred (n = 87; 41%) or very rarely referred (n = 58; 27.5%) any psychocutaneous patients to a psychiatrist. Almost 75% of responding dermatologists were not aware of available community or educational resources for PD and 157 (74.1%) expressed interest in receiving continuing medical education (CME) programs. In conclusion, psychodermatology training among dermatologists shall enhance and improve their approach to psychocutaneous conditions.

Keywords: psychocutaneous; psychodermatology; training.