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doi: 10.1097/DER.0b013e31828cbb15

Making Contact for Contact Dermatitis: A Survey of the Membership of the American Contact Dermatitis Society

Nezafati, Kaveh A. MD*; Carroll, Bryan MD; Storrs, Frances J. MD; Cruz, Ponciano D. Jr MD*

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Background: The American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) is the principal organization representing the subspecialty of contact dermatitis in the United States.

Objective: The aim of this study was to characterize ACDS members with respect to demographic characteristics, patch-test practices, and sentiments regarding the Society and its journal Dermatitis.

Methods: We conducted cross-sectional postal and online surveys of ACDS members.

Results: More than a third of ACDS members responded to the survey, 92% of whom practice dermatology, and most of whom are community practitioners. Responders manage patients with allergic and irritant dermatitis at a similar frequency. On average, they patch test 4 patients per week using 66 allergens per patient, which often include customized trays. Almost half of these practitioners learned patch testing from their residency programs. Most of the responders read and value the Society journal, value the Contact Allergen Management Program database, and attend society meetings.

Conclusions: The ACDS is comprised overwhelmingly of dermatologists who are primarily community-based, young relative to the start of their practices, and use the Society’s resources for continuing education.

© 2013 American Contact Dermatitis Society

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