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Factors Influencing Patient Preferences for Phototherapy

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eMediNexus    17 February 2023

The literature barely describes patient preferences for phototherapy. They may consider different forms of phototherapy depending on many factors vital to them, including safety, cost, Efficacy, insurance issues, and convenience. A recent study determined the preference for the form of phototherapy—in-office UVB, at-home UVB, home tanning, salon tanning, and sunbathing by survey participants and the reasons for their preferences. It also asked the participants about the forms of phototherapy they considered safest, most efficacious, cost-effective, and convenient.

 

The study noted that patients have different priorities while deciding on phototherapy, including safety, costs, effectiveness, insurance issues, and convenience. It concluded that dermatologists might help guide patients to their optimal treatment plan according to patient priorities by offering and educating patients on all forms of phototherapy.

 

Cutis. 2022 December;110(6):E3-E7. doi:10.12788/cutis.0674

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