AAD issues top five Choosing Wisely recommendations

AAD issues top five <i>Choosing wisely</i> recommendations

(HealthDay)—The top five dermatology-related issues that physicians and patients should question have been released by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, and have been published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Brett M. Coldiron, M.D., from the Skin Cancer Center in Cincinnati, and Roseanne M. Fischoff, M.P.P., from the American Academy of Dermatology in Schaumberg, Ill., discuss the participation of the AAD in the Choosing Wisely campaign. They present a list of five overused or misused tests or procedures that provide little benefit and potential harm, at unnecessary cost, as indicated through evidence-based medicine.

The top five recommendations include: (1) not prescribing oral antifungal therapy for suspected nail fungus without confirmation of fungal infection; (2) in early, thin melanoma, sentinel lymph node biopsy, or other diagnostic tests should not be performed because they do not improve survival; (3) uncomplicated, non-melanoma skin cancer less than 1 cm in size on the trunk and extremities should not be treated with Mohs micrographic surgery; (4) unless there is clinical evidence of infection, should not be used for treatment of atopic dermatitis; and (5) topical antibiotics should not be routinely used on a surgical wound.

"AAD participation in the Choosing Wisely supports its commitment to providing the most appropriate, cost-effective, evidence-based treatment of , hair, and nail conditions and allows for a more meaningful dialogue between dermatologists and patients," the authors write.

More information: Full Text

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

SGO issues top five Choosing Wisely recommendations

Nov 06, 2013

(HealthDay)—The top five gynecologic oncology-related issues that physicians and patients should question have been released by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) as part of the Choosing Wisely campai ...

AACE issues top five 'Choosing Wisely' recommendations

Oct 21, 2013

(HealthDay)—The top five endocrinology-related issues that physicians and patients should question have been released by The Endocrine Society and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) ...

ATS issues top five 'Choosing Wisely' recommendations

Oct 29, 2013

(HealthDay)—The top five pulmonology-related issues that physicians and patients should question have been released by the American College of Chest Physicians and American Thoracic Society (ATS) as part ...

AAFP issues top five 'choosing wisely' recommendations

Feb 26, 2013

(HealthDay)—The top five primary care issues that patients and physicians should question have been released by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) as part of the Choosing Wisely Campaign.

Recommended for you

Testosterone testing has increased in recent years

Nov 21, 2014

(HealthDay)—There has been a recent increase in the rate of testosterone testing, with more testing seen in men with comorbidities associated with hypogonadism, according to research published online Nov. ...

AMA: Hospital staff should consider impact of CMS rule

Nov 21, 2014

(HealthDay)—Hospital medical staff members need to consider the impact of a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that revised the conditions of participation for hospitals ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.