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Patient drawings of their melanoma: A novel approach to understanding symptom perception and appraisal prior to health care

SE Scott, L Birt, D Cavers, N Shah, C Campbell, FM Walter



OBJECTIVE: This pilot study investigated the use of patient drawings to explore patient experiences of symptoms of melanoma prior to health care use. DESIGN: Patients (n = 63) with melanoma were interviewed within 10 weeks of diagnosis. Participants were asked to draw what their melanoma had looked like when they first noticed it, and to make additional drawings to depict changes as it developed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: The size and features of the drawings were compared between participants and with clinical data (thickness of the melanoma; histological diameter; clinical photographs). RESULTS: Eighty-four percent of participants were able to produce at least one drawing. This facilitated dis..

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Awarded by Cancer Research UK

Awarded by Department of Health, England

Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council

Awarded by Health and Social Care Research and Development Division

Awarded by Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland

Awarded by National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, Wales

Awarded by Scottish Government

Awarded by National Institute for Health Research

Funding Acknowledgements

The National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) and their funding partners (Cancer Research UK; Department of Health, England; Economic and Social Research Council; Health and Social Care Research and Development Division; Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland; National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, Wales; and the Scottish Government) funded the main study [C8460/A12226] in which this pilot research was set. FMW was supported by an NIHR Clinical Lectureship followed by an NIHR Clinician Scientist award at the time of this study. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health.