An Innovative Method of Increasing Early Detection for Skin Cancer in Australia

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Abstract:

Objective: To evaluate a family practice intervention to encourage patients to request a skin examination during their consultation. Methods: Family physicians in Queensland, Australia, were randomized to intervention or control groups. In the intervention group, materials were provided by the office receptionist and supported by the family physician. Results: The rate of full-body skin examination was 99.3/1000 consultations in intervention-group practices compared to 22.4/1000 in control-group practices (p<0.05). Conclusion: This trial indicates that a program focussing on practice reception staff, as well as family physicians, can encourage the early detection of skin cancer.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.23.4.1

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Health Promotion & Cancer Prevention Research, University of Queensland, Medical School, Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA. 2: Centre for General Practice, University of Queensland, Medical School, Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA. 3: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Queensland, Medical School, Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA.

Publication date: July 1, 1999

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