Diagnosing Skin Diseases (DSD) is a multimedia program designed for pediatricians, family physicians, nurses and medical students. A prospective survey by two dermatologists documenting 260 patients, referred to them by primary care givers, found 319 errors in diagnosis and treatment. 88% of these errors were in diagnosis. Because diagnosis is the most difficult aspect for non-dermatologists, DSD includes diagnostic trees. These decision trees will help both students and primary caregivers develop a careful and logical approach to diagnosis of skin diseases. Answering the questions in a diagnostic tree will lead to a probable diagnosis and an article on the disease. Diagnosis is also made easier by instant access to multiple images, which clearly illustrate the primary lesions and clinical presentations of the common skin diseases. "If you spend too much time searching through pictures of skin diseases trying to come to a diagnosis - this program is for you!" says Dr. Eileen Murray.
Only the diseases that a primary caregiver could be expected to treat are included. Treatments are discussed clearly and succinctly and can be accessed quickly. Definitions and short descriptions of rarer diseases are provided to help the primary caregiver know when to refer patients. DSD also includes a self-study section with several case studies, test cases and many multiple choice questions designed to test your knowledge. Instant feedback is provided to enhance learning. Medical students, this is a great way to prepare for exams! Check out the program features.