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Anxiety levels of patients undergoing common dermatologic procedures versus those seeking general dermatologic care

  • Author(s): Kamangar, Faranak
  • Petukhova, Tatyana A
  • Monico, Gabriela
  • Mathis, Stephen
  • Joo, Jayne
  • Zhuang, Anne
  • Li, Chin-Shang
  • Liu, Yu
  • Lee, Elle
  • Eisen, Daniel
  • et al.
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Patients undergoing Mohs micrographic surgeryfrequently experience anxiety as a result of multiplepotential factors. There is currently no data regardinghow this anxiety compares to other commonprocedures performed in dermatology offices, suchas shave biopsy and excision, relative to a generaldermatology visit. Herein, we conducted a survey of471 dermatology patients at an academic medicalcenter, using a validated tool (Visual Analogue Scalefrom 1 “no anxiety at all” to 10 “extremely anxious”).

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