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Tips for Healthcare Providers Caring for Patients with Skin Changes

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It is common for healthcare providers to see patients that are concerned about changes in their skin. Some skin changes are normal and to be expected as a person ages. However, your patients must be aware of changes that could indicate a more serious problem.

Some common skin changes that occur with age include:

While the above skin changes are perfectly normal, some patients may worry about skin changes caused by natural ageing. It can help offer gentle support, reassurance, and advice about ways to help prevent or reduce the appearance of skin changes associated with ageing if it is causing your patient's high anxiety levels.

This advice can include:

In addition to the above, healthcare providers can help patients worried about changes in their skin in the following ways:

Practitioner Development UK (PDUK) is a leading provider of continuing professional development (CPD) courses for healthcare professionals. We offer a wide range of courses, delivered both virtually and in-house.

We highly recommend the following two courses related to managing patient skin changes in primary care settings:

AR94 Recognising and managing acute skin conditions in primary care: Online

Develop Your Dermatology Assessment Skills with This Online Course.

Dermatological conditions are commonly seen in primary care, but even the most common presentations often challenge healthcare practitioners. This online course will give you the confidence and skills to assess and safely manage acute skin conditions.

What You'll Learn:

A137 Dermatological conditions in the older adult

Improve Your Dermatology Skills to Better Care for Older Patients.

Most dermatological conditions occur in all age groups, but specific skin problems are more common in older adults. To provide quality, safe care, healthcare providers who work with this patient population must be aware of these conditions, how they present, possible differential diagnoses, and best treatment regimes. This confidence-building course aims to help community-based qualified healthcare providers meet these challenges within an evidence-based context.

What You'll Learn: