Journal article

General practice registrars' use of dermoscopy Prevalence, associations and influence on diagnosis and confidence

Georgina Whiting, Nigel Stocks, Simon Morgan, Amanda Tapley, Kim Henderson, Elizabeth Holliday, Jean Ball, Mieke van Driel, Neil Spike, Lawrie McArthur, Andrew Davey, Parker Magin

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Dermoscopy increases accuracy for melanoma diagnosis by trained primary care physicians. We aimed to establish prevalence of dermatoscope use by general practice registrars, and identify factors associated with dermatoscope use and the implications of dermatoscope use for diagnosis and confidence in diagnosis. METHOD: This was a cross-sectional study nested within the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) project, an ongoing multi-site cohort study of general practice registrars' consultations. The study was conducted during two six-monthly rounds of ReCEnT data collection in four regional training providers in 2014. RESULTS: Forty-nine per cent of reg..

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Funding Acknowledgements

During the data collection period included in this study, the ReCEnT study received funding support from participating educational organisations: General Practice Training Valley to Coast, the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance, General Practice Training Tasmania, Tropical Medical Training, and Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program. These organisations were funded by the Australian Department of Health.Since 2016, the ReCEnT study has been funded by an Australian Commonwealth Department of Health Research Grant, and supported by GP Synergy, the general practice Regional Training Organisation for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. GP Synergy is funded by the Australian Department of Health.Dr Whiting's Academic Registrar post was funded by the Australian Department of Health.