Digital pics ubiquitous in general practice

The use of camera phone images by patients to document their illness may be fraught with medicolegal risks but anecdotally, at least, most GPs appear to welcome the practice.

A qualitative study looking at GPs’ experiences with patient-initiated camera phone images found that digital photos not only aided the doctor in diagnosis and management, but also helped broaden their understanding of the patient’s health and wellbeing.

“Almost all the GPs had been shown clinical images of skin lesions including rashes, moles