Journal article

Using an electronic self-completion tool to identify patients at increased risk of melanoma in Australian primary care

Emily Habgood, Fiona M Walter, Erin O'Hare, Jennifer McIntosh, Chris McCormack, Jon D Emery

Australasian Journal of Dermatology | WILEY | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Some international guidelines recommend a risk-based approach to screening for melanoma, but few suggest how to account for multiple risk factors or how to implement risk-based screening in practice. This study investigated the acceptability and feasibility of identifying patients at increased risk of melanoma in Australian general practice using a self-completed risk assessment tool. Stratification of risk was based on the validated Williams melanoma risk prediction model. METHODS: Patients and companions aged 18 or older in Australian general practices were approached in the waiting room and invited to enter information about their melanoma risk factors into the tool..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Thank you to all the participants in this study and the general practice staff who supported the recruitment. This research arises from the CanTest Collaborative, which is funded by Cancer Research UK [C8640/A23385]: FMW is Director, JDE is Associate Director, and EH is supported by a CanTest PhD. The researchers gratefully acknowledge the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4) for their support of this project. The UK MelaTools programme was supported by FMW's Clinician Scientist award from the National Institute for Health Research (RG 68235). The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health.