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3 21 Care of People with Skin Problems


  • Around 24% of the population consult their general practitioner (GP) with a skin problem in any 12-month period [1]
  • About 14% of consultations with a GP are for the management of diseases of the skin. Maintaining competence in this area of medicine, is therefore essential for any GP [2]
  • There is variable (and generally limited) training in dermatology at undergraduate level which means that trainees should review their current knowledge and skills [3]
  • Currently about 90% of diseases of the skin are managed exclusively in Primary Care[4]. Most skin disease can and should still be appropriately and efficiently managed in primary care
  • Skin disease can impact significantly on quality of life for patients and their families. As we GPs are in the ideal position to recognise this and help
  • Skin cancer rates are increasing and outcomes depend on early diagnosis. GPs have a critical role in early diagnosis

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Care of People with Skin Problems' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

Mrs Jane Smith is 36 years old. She is a teacher and married to a computer engineer. They have two daughters, aged ten and eight. Apart from psoriasis she says she enjoys good health....     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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This section lists references which have been used in the development of the curriculum.        

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