A survey of students’ and junior doctors’ confidence in diagnosing in skin of colour

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Denmark has become increasingly diverse as a result of immigration. As of 2022, non-Western immigrants and their descendants constitute 9.7% (n = 574,641) of the Danish population [1]. Although people of colour are affected by skin cancer at a much lower incidence than the white population, they are more likely to have greater morbidity and mortality from skin cancer due to, e.g., delayed diagnoses [2-5]. While these studies are from the US, similar dynamics are likely to be found in Denmark where studies point to significant health inequalities among ethnic minorities [6, 7], including delay in diagnosis. In addition, health professionals feel unsure and unprepared when delivering healthcare to migrants and ethnic minorities [8, 9]. The dermatology curriculum should ensure that medical students are prepared to treat all patients in Danish healthcare, ultimately reducing ethnic inequalities in health. To our knowledge, medical students’ confidence level when diagnosing dermatological diseases in skin of colour (SoC) has not been investigated in a European context. However, a Canadian study found that medical students were less confident in diagnosing dermatological diseases in SoC
TidsskriftDanish Medical Journal
Udgave nummer10
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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