Dermatologic Support for Oncology: Quantifying the consultative services received by hospitalized oncology patients.

Dermatology was the fifth most utilized consultative service by Oncology when compared to the 101 other inpatient consultative services. Patients receiving dermatology consults had longer lengths of stay. Previous work has demonstrated the impact of dermatology consultations, showing that dermatology consults changed the final diagnosis in 71% of consult requests, and another tudy demonstrated that 23% of dermatology consultations came from the primary hematology or bone marrow transplant services. The volume of consults requested for dermatology suggests that inpatient dermatologic expertise is valued by oncology teams.


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Authors: Melissa Hoffman, Robert J Smith, Robert G Micheletti, Misha Rosenbach