A study published online in the American Academy of Dermatology
and reported in today's New York Times
shows that patients seeking an appointment with a dermatologist for examination of a potentially cancerous mole wait longer on average than those who seek appointments for cosmetic botox injections.
The study, which examined requests for appointments in 12 US cities, reported that patients seeking botox injections waited an average of eight days for an appointment, while those seeking an appointment for examination of changes to a mole, which could indicate skin cancer, waited 26 days.
In the Times
article, the study's lead author, Jack S. Resneck, Jr., MD, notes, "The difference in wait times between medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology patients is clearly real. We need to look further and figure out what is leading to shorter wait times for cosmetic patients."
At UCSF, Resneck is assistant professor of dermatology and holds a joint appointment at the Institute for Health Policy Studies. He also serves as the director of the Dermatology Faculty Practice Clinics and as the assistant director of the Dermatology Residency Training Program.
Shorter Waits for Botox than Examinations of Moles
New York Times
|Short Wait Times for Patients Seeking Cosmetic Botulinum Toxin Appointments with Dermatologists
Jack J. Resneck, Jr., Shira Lipton, Mark J. Pletcher
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, published online August 28, 2007
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, August 29, 2007