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Assessing skin tones in practice: Results of an international survey

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Assessing skin tones in practice: Results of an international survey

Jacqui Fletcher, Luxmi Dhoonmoon
19 October 2022

Following the publication of the Wounds UK Best Practice Statement ‘Addressing skin tone bias in wound care: assessing signs and symptoms in people with dark skin tones’ (Dhoonmoon et al, 2021), we conducted an international survey of healthcare professionals to learn more about everyday practice, how skin tones are assessed and where more education is needed. The survey highlighted the discrepancies and gaps in practice, and the need for greater education. The survey also showed the need for an increased range of images showing varying skin tones (i.e. showing darker skin tones, not just white skin) in educational materials, so that healthcare professionals can see the different ways in which different wounds and skin conditions may present in a range of skin tones.

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