Sometimes where you live impacts the healthcare you have access to. Many patients in Ontario experience inequities particularly when seeking the care of specialists like dermatologists. Our scientists are helping close these health gaps to ensure patients with debilitating skin diseases do not have to wait for prolonged periods of time without appropriate care. This research will inform healthcare policy and programs to better target solutions for patients and communities in need.
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a common, chronic condition that makes the skin red and itchy. Our scientists are investigating the population burden and exploring potential disparities across communities to determine the health system impact of the lack of access to specialized services. We are also addressing the mental health impacts of this disease, including sleep loss and symptoms of depression.
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that is under-recognized and has an average delay in diagnosis of eight years. Our scientists are developing solutions to improve care pathways including a new multidisciplinary clinic at Women’s College Hospital, a first of its kind in Canada. The clinic will serve an unmet need within the healthcare system to improve the health and well-being of patient with hidradenitis suppurativa.