Journal article

MELANOCYTIC NEVI IN CHILDREN .2. OBSERVER VARIATION IN COUNTING NEVI

DR ENGLISH, BK ARMSTRONG

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY | JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV SCHOOL HYGIENE PUB HEALTH | Published : 1994

Abstract

A survey of benign melanocytic nevi was conducted among children in Perth, Western Australia, in 1985. Children were examined by one of a team of five nurses who counted all of their nevi. Linear regression was performed on the logarithmically transformed mole counts to assess the degree of interobserver variation. Among 2,354 white children aged 5-14 years, 3.9% of the variation in numbers of nevi of all sizes and 7.7% of the variation in nevi 2 mm or more in diameter was attributed to variation among observers. The observer variation was less for the back than for any other body site. Differences between observers were greater in children with heavy freckling than in children with little o..

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