The User of the Public Dermatology Service

  • Heitor de Sá GonçalvesEmail author
  • Maria Araci de Andrade Pontes
  • Gerson Oliveira Penna


Skin diseases are one of the main reasons that people seek medical care and are responsible for approximately one-quarter of medical appointments in primary care. However, the importance of the skin’s health is generally underestimated because of the chronic nature and low lethality of most cutaneous diseases. Data on the social and demographic characteristics of the population using public dermatology services are essential to direct and plan public health policies. These data are influenced by various factors, such as the socioeconomic profile, the educational profile, housing and hygiene conditions, dietary habits, and the circumstances of access to health care. This chapter discusses the sociodemographic and nosologic profile of this population, as well as the essential characteristics of a public dermatology service.


Public health Dermatology User Sociodemographic profile Nosologic profile 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heitor de Sá Gonçalves
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Araci de Andrade Pontes
    • 1
  • Gerson Oliveira Penna
    • 2
  1. 1.Dona Libânia Center for DermatologyFortalezaBrazil
  2. 2.Osvaldo Cruz FoundationFortalezaBrazil

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