Journal article

Knowledge and attitudes of Australian dermatologists towards sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma: a mixed methods study.

Andrea L Smith, Caroline G Watts, Samuel Robinson, Helen Schmid, Chris Goumas, Victoria J Mar, John F Thompson, Frances Rapport, undefined Australian Melanoma Centre of Research Excellence Study Group, Anne E Cust

Australas J Dermatol | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: In melanoma management, sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is used to stage patients and to indicate prognosis. More recently, it has been used to select patients for adjuvant therapy. This study aimed to report knowledge of and attitudes towards SLNB for patients with melanoma among Australian dermatologists. METHODS: Mixed methods study using cross-sectional questionnaires (n = 88) and semi-structured interviews (n = 13), May-September 2019. RESULTS: Of the dermatologists surveyed, 56% thought SLNB had an important role in melanoma management, 26% were unsure and 18% thought SLNB unimportant. Of the 92% who would discuss SLNB with their patients, the main stated value..

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