Graeme C Miller
In the BEACH program (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of
Health) between January 2007 and December 2008 there were
4890 encounters where rash was a presenting symptom. Over
90% (n=4714) of these encounters resulted in a skin or general/
unspecified problem being managed, which are referred to
here as rash encounters, and accounted for 2.5% of the total
encounters over the 2 year period.
The gender distribution of patients presenting with rash were similar to all BEACH encounters. However, younger patients were more likely to present with rash, with one-quarter (24.5%) of patients being under the age of 15 years compared with 11.8% of all encounters.
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