Home Phototherapy Study
By Kay-Anne Haykal and Jean-Pierre DesGroseilliers
From the University of Ottawa Division of Dermatology; Phototherapy Clinics, Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus; and Sisters of Charity Ottawa Health Service, Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Reprinted with permission from Volume 10, Issue 5, of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery; an official publication of the Canadian Dermatology Association.
In 2006, after several years of prescribing Narrowband UVB home phototherapy for patients that “had already responded favourably to phototherapy” at one of the Ottawa clinics, this independent study was undertaken to assess “the viability and safety of such treatment”. It was concluded: “NB-UVB home phototherapy was found to be very effective in comparison with hospital therapy. It is safe and presents few side effects when patients receive appropriate guidelines, teaching, and follow-ups.
Not only is it convenient, it also provides effective savings for the patients who are unable to attend the hospital owing to time, travel, and interference with work schedules. “All patients on home therapy were satisfied with their treatment, plan to continue it, and recommend it to others in similar situations.” Click on the picture to download the complete article. (189kB pdf)