Table 1

Clinical implications of use parent-initiated photographs in clinical practice

AdvantagesDisadvantages
QuickMay not be representative of problem
Pictorial descriptionInappropriate or poor quality of images
Avoids travelAssociated important features may be missed
Allows serial observationContext may not be available
Empowers patient/parentMay not be seen by intended recipient
Can be shared easilyCan be easily misused
Transient clinical signs can be captured
Allows ‘private’ or ‘embarrassing’ features to be recorded at home
Videos can display disorders over a period of time—for example, epilepsy, urinary stream
Avoids travel