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Many patients with psoriasis use sunbeds

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:412
  1. R J Turner, Senior registrar,
  2. P M Farr, Consultant and honorary senior lecturer,
  3. D Walshaw, Lecturer
  1. Department of Dermatology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP
  2. Department of Statistics, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

    EDITOR—Psoriasis usually improves in sunlight, but many patients look for an alternative source of ultraviolet light, either because they are embarrassed to sunbathe in public or because of the unpredictable availability of sunlight. Sunbeds that emit ultraviolet A light might seem an attractive option, but their use, at least for tanning purposes, is discouraged by dermatologists and other healthcare workers. 1 2

    To investigate our patients' use of sunbeds, we posted a questionnaire to the latest 339 patients who were new referrals aged 16-65 years and in …

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