Abstract Number: 15

Patch testing in Australia

S. Tizi , R. Nixon

Meeting: 2013 Dermcoll

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Session Title: Lasers Symposium

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Patch testing is an essential investigation to diagnose allergic contact dermatitis and identify causative allergens. The optimum rate of patch testing has been cited as 1416 per million of the population. This is almost ten times the rate of referral for Melbourne, Australia which was estimated in 2004 as 160 per million . The rate of patch testing among dermatologists has been investigated in the United States in 2002, with 80% of respondents reporting they performed patch testing in their practice. However, the prevalence and methodology of patch testing among Australian dermatologists is largely unknown. One factor in referring patch testing may be previous training in patch testing whilst a registrar. The aims of this study were to ascertain what proportions of dermatologists in Australia perform their own patch testing or refer to a specialised clinic, and to estimate the approximate referral rate. In addition, exposure to patch testing while training was explored. The questions were investigated with an online survey of all Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, which also included their gender, date of obtaining fellowship and state of practice. Results will be discussed.