Psychodermatology in Clinical Practice: Main Principles
Claire Marshall, Ruth Taylor, Anthony Bewley
Psychodermatology is a newer and emerging subspecialty of dermatology, which bridges psychiatry, psychology, paediatrics and dermatology. It has become increasingly recognised that the best outcomes for patients with psychodermatological disease is via a multidisciplinary psychodermatology team. The exact configuration of the multidisciplinary team is, to some extent, determined by local expertise. In addition there is a growing body of evidence that it is much more cost effective to manage patients with psychodermatological disease in dedicated psychodermatology clinics. Even so, despite this evidence, and the demand from patients (and patient advocacy groups), the delivery and establishment of psychodermatology services is very sporadic globally. Clinical and academic expertise in psychodermatology is emerging in dermatology and other (often peer-reviewed) literature. Organisations such as the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry champion clinical and academic advances in psychodermatology, whist also enabling training of health care professionals in psychodermatology. Emiliano Panconesi, to whom this supplement is dedicated, was at the forefront of psychodermatology research and was a founding member of ESDaP.