Dermatologic Surgery Practice and Skin Cancer Treatment in Canada: Results of a National Survey
- Additional Document Info
- View All
BACKGROUND: Although traditionally considered a medical subspecialty, dermatology has rapidly evolved over the past two decades to encompass a wide variety of cutaneous surgical procedures. OBJECTIVE: The study was carried out to evaluate the status of dermatologic surgery practice and skin cancer treatment in Canada. METHODS: In 2003, 550 practicing Canadian dermatologists were surveyed. RESULTS: Two hundred fifty-one dermatologists responded to the questionnaire, with the majority practicing in an urban part-time academic, part-time private setting. Statistics are presented on the types and demographics of dermatosurgical and cosmetic procedures performed, as well as on the specific dermatosurgical therapies used in the treatment of various cutaneous malignancies. CONCLUSIONS: The survey provides a current picture of dermatologic surgery practice and skin cancer treatment in Canada. The data suggest that Canadian dermatologists are further embracing surgical and cosmetic procedures.
has subject area