Journal article

Australian general practitioners' attitudes and knowledge of sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma management

Caroline G Watts, Andrea L Smith, Sam Robinson, Chiao-Han Chang, Chris Goumas, Helen Schmid, John W Kelly, Angela M Hong, Richard A Scolyer, Georgina V Long, Andrew J Spillane, Michael Henderson, David E Gyorki, Victoria J Mar, Rachael L Morton, Robyn PM Saw, Alex H Varey, Graham J Mann, John F Thompson, Anne E Cust

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In Australia, the uptake of the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) appears low despite clinical practice guideline recommendations. The aim of this study was to describe the knowledge and attitudes of general practitioners (GPs) to SLNB. METHOD: GPs were recruited at an annual conference and a skin cancer skills workshop, and using GP professional communications. A mixed methods approach comprised a cross-sectional questionnaire and, for a subset of participants, semi-structured interviews. RESULTS: Overall, 231 GPs completed the questionnaire, of whom 23 were interviewed. One-third (32%) described themselves as quite or very familiar with the guidelines, and two-th..

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Grants

Awarded by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Melanoma


Awarded by NHMRC


Awarded by Cancer Institute NSW Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

CW is supported by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Melanoma (1135285) and The University of Sydney Kickstart grant. AEC is supported by an NHMRC Program grant (1093017), an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1147843), a Cancer Institute NSW Fellowship (15/CDF/1-14) and The University of Sydney SOAR Fellowship. RLM is supported by an NHMRC TRIP Fellowship (1150989). RAS is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship.