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Taking psoriasis treatment to the patient: development of a home TL-01 ultraviolet B phototherapy service.

Br J Dermatol. 2002 Nov;147(5):957-65.

Cameron H, Yule S, Moseley H, Dawe RS, Ferguson J.

A study into home phototherapy treatment for psoriasis.

Photobiology Unit, Department of Dermatology, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, U.K.

BACKGROUND: While most patients requiring phototherapy can attend for hospital-based out-patient ultraviolet (UV) B therapy, a significant number cannot attend because of geographical, work, economic and other reasons. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether there was a need for home phototherapy in the Tayside area and, if so, to establish protocols and then to assess if such a service would be workable. METHODS: patients referred from dermatology out-patient clinics in Tayside for narrow-band UVB (TL-01) phototherapy completed a pilot questionnaire that was followed by a two-phase project. In phase 1, patients with psoriasis were trained to use the home phototherapy equipment (HopE) within the hospital department under nursing supervision while a teaching package and protocols were developed. In phase 2, home phototherapy was made available for patient use in the community, supported by a specialist home phototherapy nurse. Waldmann UV100 home therapy units were used, with accurate dosimetry. Detailed treatment records were kept and questionnaires were used to assess acceptability and costs of therapy.

RESULTS: Fifty-two pilot questionnaires were completed. Forty-two per cent of respondents found hospital phototherapy inconvenient and 75% felt phototherapy at home would be helpful. In phase 1, seven of 10 patients trained to use the HopE completed therapy with the HopE unit alone, reaching minimal residual activity (MRA) or clearance in a median of 18 exposures (median dose 10.38 J cm-2). In phase 2, 32 courses of home phototherapy were given to 30 patients. Of 23 with psoriasis, 18 reached clearance or MRA in a median of 22.5 exposures (median dose 9.84 J cm-2). Although self-reported erythema rates appeared higher than expected, all post-treatment questionnaire respondents would choose home phototherapy over hospital therapy if required in the future. CONCLUSIONS: UVB (TL-01) home phototherapy is a useful practical development that has fulfilled a need in our catchment area. Where appropriate training and support teams are available it appears to be similar in effectiveness to hospital therapy, to be safe and to be cost-effective for patients.

pMID: 12410707 [pubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Home phototherapy: report on a workshop of the British photodermatology Group, December 1996.

Br J Dermatol. 1999 Feb;140(2):195-9. Related Articles, Links

Sarkany Rp, Anstey A, Diffey BL, Jobling R, Langmack K, McGregor JM, Moseley H, Murphy GM, Rhodes LE, Norris PG.

Department of Dermatology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK. phototherapy is a popular and effective treatment for many patients with skin diseases. However, repeated journeys to hospital for phototherapy can be inconvenient and expensive. If it were available, many patients might prefer home-based phototherapy as long as it was safe and effective. Indeed, many psoriasis patients already self-treat with ultraviolet A sun beds at home. This report represents a consensus view from a British photo dermatology Group workshop held in December 1996, the purpose of which was to examine the potential role of home-based phototherapy in dermatological practice. We conclude that home-based therapy represents a suboptimal treatment with greater attendant risks than phototherapy in a hospital environment. The level of medical supervision of the home treatment is crucial to its safety and effectiveness. Until further studies are forthcoming, home phototherapy should be largely restricted to those with overwhelming difficulties in attending hospital.

PMID: 10733266 [pubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


An assessment of potential problems of home phototherapy treatment of psoriasis.

Cutis. 1996 Jul;58(1):71-3.

Feldman SR, Clark A, Reboussin DM, Fleischer AB Jr.

Department of Dermatology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1071, USA.

Very little has been reported about how patients use home ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy. A survey of thirty-one patients who were prescribed a home UVB phototherapy unit to treat psoriasis was performed as a pilot study of home UVB phototherapy usage; twenty-two patients responded. Generally, respondents reported home UVB phototherapy to be very helpful for their psoriasis. We conclude that home UVB is an effective and appropriate treatment for many patients with psoriasis, but screening and education of candidates for home UVB phototherapy is important to ensure compliance with the treatment program.

PMID: 8823554 [pubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Psoriasis is a common skin disease that causes raised red skin with thick silvery scales.


Vitiligo is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on the body

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Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous oil glands that leads to skin infections


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