Task Shifting in Dermatology: A Call to Action.

Brown, D.N. ; Langan, S.M. ; Freeman, E.E. ;
Task Shifting in Dermatology: A Call to Action.
JAMA Dermatol, 2017;

Can task shifting be used to improve the delivery of dermatologic care in resource-poor settings worldwide?

Task shifting is a means of redistributing available resources, whereby highly trained individuals train an available workforce to provide necessary care in low-resource settings. Limited evidence exists for task shifting in dermatology; however, studies from psychiatry demonstrate its efficacy. In the field of dermatology there is a need for high-quality evidence including randomized clinical trials to validate the implementation of task shifting in low-resource settings globally.