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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-32

The use of dermoscopy among dermatologists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional study

1 Department of Dermatology, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nouf N Alqahtani
Department of Dermatology, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdds.jdds_58_20

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Background: Dermoscopy aids in visualizing skin and has been used commonly by dermatologists around the world. Purpose: The purpose was to estimate the prevalence of dermoscopy usage in Saudi Arabia (SA), to identify the determinants of its use, and to assess the desire of dermatologists to learn more about it. Methods: One hundred questionnaires were distributed to dermatologists practicing in Riyadh; 65 were answered and returned. Results: About 56.9% own a dermatoscope or find it available in their clinics, and 36.9% of them use it regularly. About 67.7% report knowing how to use it, whereas 32.3% do not. The majority (41.5%) learned how to use it clinically by spending time with senior expert dermatologists. About 93.8% find it helpful in diagnosing melanoma and pigmented skin lesions; 81% believe that it is more accurate than the naked eye examination alone. On the other hand, 41.5% find it ineffective mostly because it requires extensive training.Comparing the postgraduate training place of the respondents. Showed no difference in terms of dermoscopy availability P = 0.09, use P = 0.51, or specialized training P = 0.09 between dermatologists currently training or did their training in SA and other dermatologists who trained outside SA. About 8.3% of dermatologists practicing for more than 10 years are using it regularly, in comparison to 91.4% of those who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Conclusion: Age, postgraduate training place, years of practice, and clinical experience are the main factors affecting the use of dermoscopy in SA. The majority of the respondents expressed their desire to expand their knowledge and improve their skills to use dermoscopy more efficiently.

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