87% of dermatologists say there is lack of support for psychological issues in UK

30 Oct 2019

The British Skin Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising funds for skin disease research, has conducted a survey amongst 245 dermatologists indicating that 87% believe that there is a lack of access to psychological support for those suffering with skin conditions in the UK.

Dr Andrew Thompson, practitioner clinical psychologist at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust commented, “This survey demonstrates that dermatologists recognise some patients experience psychological distress associated with their skin condition. It also indicates that whilst dermatology is making great advances in treating the medical aspects of skin disease, perhaps not enough is being done to address the accompanying psychological effects. Clearly, we need more research that looks to develop effective psychological treatments or support for both children and adults living with skin conditions.”

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