Skin diseases in the world`s indigenous peoples - with special focus on Greenland’s Inuit`s population

Carsten Sauer Mikkelsen*, Casper Bo Poulsen, Peter Bjerring, Lone Storgaard Hove

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Abstract

Providing health care in Greenland is a major challenge. Spanning 2,600 km from north to south and 1,050 km from east to west, Greenland is the largest island in the world and has the lowest population density on the globe. The geographical situation combined with, at times, extreme weather conditions make providing healthcare a logistical challenge in Greenland. Most Doctors working in Greenland are used to perform a very broad range of medical duties including various dermatological conditions. But not a single certified Dermato-venereologist at work in Greenland. Dermatological care at specialist level is provided by tele-dermatology. In this article we will describe some of the problems with skin diseases in Greenland with special focus on the Inuit population - based on challenges with access to care and challenges associated with diagnosis based on differences in baseline patient characteristics and correct treatment due to cultural differences influencing treatment preferences
Original languageEnglish
JournalOur dermatology online
Number of pages9
ISSN2956-7904
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2024

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