Management of Psychodermatologic Disorders

Philip D. Shenefelt, MD, MS


Dermatology Nursing 

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Education for Patient and Family

Education of the patient and significant others and family about the skin disorder, the interaction of mind and body, and information about drugs and non-drug treatments is key to successful management of the patient. In those skin disorders aggravated by stress, education about stress-reduction techniques can often greatly benefit the patient. Education about drug effects and side effects, dosages and timing, and in the case of topical methods, amounts of application, is important. For non-drug modalities, education to assure proper understanding and use are also key to success. Compliance is likely to be enhanced if the patient and family are well instructed and if followup by phone or return visits includes reinforcement to guide and help motivate the patient and family.


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