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How to improve the interface between dermatology and psychiatry: a review and expert suggestion regarding the management of delusional patients


Psychodermatological problems are prevalent in dermatology practices. Among those, delusional infestation (DI) is the subject of one of the most challenging patient encounters practicing dermatologists may experience. This difficulty arises, at least partly, from the unavailability of psychiatric knowledge and skillset necessary to properly manage these patients, reflecting that most dermatology residency programs are unable to provide training in psychodermatology. This relates to the lack of faculty available with such expertise. This article reviews various suggestions made in the medical literature to try to improve this current unfortunate situation. However, the more common suggestion regarding organizing a multidisciplinary psychodermatologic clinic may be difficult to achieve as reflected by the scarcity of such clinics in the U.S. The authors offer alternative suggestions beyond the idea of organizing a multidisciplinary clinic.

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