Title

Racial limitations of fitzpatrick skin type

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2020

Abstract

Fitzpatrick skin type (FST) was developed to assess the propensity of the skin to burn during phototherapy, but it also is commonly used by providers as means of describing constitutive skin color and ethnicity. We conducted an anonymous survey of dermatologists and dermatology trainees to evaluate how providers use FST in their clinical practice. Although providers should be cognizant of conflating race/ethnicity with FST, the original intent of FST also should be emphasized in medical school and resident education.

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