Burden of Skin Disease

In 2016, the AAD embarked on a research study that looked at the effects of having skin disease on the United States patient population, and to provide an up-to-date analysis of the burden of skin disease that reflects these recent changes in the practice of medicine.



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The Academy is offering the Burden of Skin Disease report for licensing. The full report includes data on prescription and non-prescription drugs, and how age and insurance status and provider relate to the burden associated with skin cancer and skin disease broadly.

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The impact of skin disease in this country is staggering, affecting one in every four Americans each year and taking a toll on lives, livelihood and our economy.

—Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, immediate past president, American Academy of Dermatology


Screen-Shot-2017-02-26-at-3.24.36-PM.pngThe Academy’s SkinSerious campaign builds on the Burden of Skin Disease Report to share patient stories, practices for improving access and facts about the serious impact of dermatologic conditions. Learn more.


table of contents

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Complimentary Burden of Skin disease briefs


The Academy has created briefs on the skin disease categories examined in the 2016 Burden of Skin Disease.

The briefs are complimentary and available for informational purposes only.

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Report summary featured in JAAD


The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) is featuring a multi-part series and summary of the findings of the Burden of Skin Disease report. The series will appear in the March, April, and May issues of JAAD.

Report includes analysis of 24 disease categories

The 2016 Burden of Skin Disease report, commissioned by the American Academy of Dermatology, examined prevalence, economic burdens, and mortality for skin disease in the US using 2013 healthcare claims data drawn from insurance enrollment and claims databases. The scope of this analysis was to study the burden of skin disease relevant to the practice of dermatology, as well as to other providers treating the skin.

The full Burden of Skin Disease report includes analysis of 24 disease categories:
 1. Acne (cystic and vulgaris)
2. Actinic damage
3. Atopic dermatitis, eczema
4. Benign neoplasms, keloids, scars, cysts
5. Bullous diseases
6. Congenital abnormalities (including hemangiomas)
7. Connective tissue diseases
8. Contact dermatitis (including occupational)
9. Cutaneous infections (including impetigo, cellulitis, abscesses, and other bacterial or mycobacterial infections)
10. Cutaneous lymphoma
11. Drug eruptions
12. Hair and nail disorders
13. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections/warts and mollusca contagiosa
14. Melanoma
15. Non-melanoma skin cancer
16. Pruritus
17. Psoriasis
18. Rosacea 
19. Seborrheic dermatitis
20. Ulcers
21. Urticaria
22. Viral (herpes simplex [HSV] and herpes zoster [HZV]) and fungal diseases
23. Vitiligo
24. Wounds and burns