APPGS Primary Care Survey Results Published (May 2014)

The results of the APPGS’ Primary Care Survey have been published. The survey was produced by the secretariat of the APPG on Skin on behalf of the Group and its members. Rather than attempting to undertake a rigorous scientific excercise, the aim of the survey was to provide a simple guide as to the level of knowledge amongst GPs. In particular, it sought to answer two questions: knowledge and implmentation of NICE guidance on skin disease, and the extent to which GPs feel there is a need for greater dermatological education.

Due to the low number of participants (139) and lack of qualitative data, the results should be considered as a guide only. It should also be noted that GPs were not offered the opportunity to explain why they thought there were variations in uptake of NICE guidance or why they might face difficulty in carrying out NICE’s recommendations.

The results reported include both GPs with a special interest in dermatology (GPSI) and non-GPSI. Seperate results for each have been incorporated into the main dataset which can be downloaded here:

 APPGS Survey Results 2014.

Key results are listed below:

  • GPs tended to consult with around 4 patients with skin disease per day
  • Eczema, acne, psoriasis and skin lesions were listed as the most common conditions seen by GPs
  • The majority of GPs were aware of the existence of NICE quality standards on psoriasis and eczema, but most were unable to identify the quality statements (content) contained within of the guidance
  • For paediatric patients with atopic eczema, most GPs enquired as to the psychological wellbeing and quality of life of them and their families, however this was rarely recorded at each consultation
  • Just over half of GPs measured the psychological and social wellbeing of psoriasis patients at diagnosis – this was rarely carried out however when assessing treatment response
  • The majority of GPs did not offer psoriasis patients annual assessments for psoriatic arthritis
  • The vast majority of GPs did not utilise quality of life measurement tools
  • Over 90% of GPs believed there to be a need for more dermatological education in the GP training pathway