Journal article

A questionnaire to measure melanoma risk, knowledge and protective behaviour: Assessing content validity in a convenience sample of Scots and Australians

Helen S Gillespie, Tony Watson, Jon D Emery, Amanda J Lee, Peter Murchie

BMC MEDICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the content validity of a questionnaire to measure melanoma risk, knowledge and protective behaviour in a convenience sample of Scots and Australians. Australia has the highest melanoma incidence worldwide but has developed a culture of skin cancer avoidance with a long history of skin cancer primary prevention campaigns of proven effectiveness. Scotland has lower incidence, but has shown a greater rate of increase between 1985 and 2007. There is an urgent need in Scotland, therefore, to identify those groups at greatest risk and provide them with effective preventative advice. METHOD: A self-administered postal survey was completed by four gro..

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We wish to acknowledge the assistance and participation of general practitioners and their staff in Northeast Scotland and Western Australia. We are grateful to Dr Arthur Jackson for permission to adapt his original questionnaire. We are grateful to Mr Franklin Iwueke for inputting the questionnaire data. We wish to acknowledge the Scottish School of Primary Care who funded this project which was completed as part of Helen S Gillespie's BSc (Med Sci) thesis. We also acknowledge the University of Aberdeen who is the study sponsor.