Quality and Perceived Usefulness of Patient-Submitted Store-and-Forward Teledermatology Images

Simon W. Jiang, BS; M. Seth Flynn, BS; Jeffery T. Kwock, MD, et al

JAMA Dermatol. Published online July 27, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2022.2815

Question  What is the quality and perceived usefulness of patient-submitted dermatology images?

Findings  In this survey study, 10 dermatologists found patient-submitted images useful for decision-making and sufficient in quality 55.1% and 62.2% of the time, respectively. Interrater agreement was fair to substantial for diagnostic categorization and fair to moderate for image quality and perceived usefulness, and the odds that an image was considered useful for decision-making were highest when the image depicted a wound, was in focus, and the evaluator was a senior faculty member.

Meaning  A slight majority of patient-submitted images were of adequate quality and perceived usefulness; thus, in-focus images may be useful for wound surveillance when reviewed by experienced attending physicians. To read more click here

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