Background: Despite the known benefits, many patients deny receiving sunscreen counseling. Over the past decade rates and treatment costs for skin cancer has risen.

Purpose: This study seeks to investigate provider perceptions of using sunscreen prescriptions as a method to increase patient use.

Methods: A descriptive online survey using a convenience sample of dermatology, internal medicine, and family medicine providers was used. Descriptive statistics summarized quantitative variables and thematic analysis examined opened ended questions.

Results: Provider (n=38 total) thoughts about sunscreen prescriptions were mixed with many viewing sunscreen prescriptions positively (n =15; 42.9%). Commonly listed barriers included patient lack of motivation/interest (3.53±0.89), lack of standard guidelines about sunscreen counseling and prescriptions (3.34±1.12), and lack of education about prescribing sunscreen (3.26±1.35). Facilitators included insurance coverage (n = 21; 61.8%) and having a standardized protocol (n=8; 23.5%).

Conclusion: The majority of providers felt prescribing sunscreen would increase patient use. Study results imply providers would utilize sunscreen prescriptions if a clear, standardized protocol was present. Education may help alleviate concerns related to insurance coverage. In consideration of time constraints, it may be beneficial for sunscreen prescriptions to be added to routine after-visit summaries and educational materials.


This is the accepted version of Rousch2*, M., Richards, E., Masterson, K., & Potetz, J. (in press). The utilization of sunscreen prescriptions to increase patient use: Examination of healthcare provider perceptions. Journal of Dermatology Nurses Association.

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