Education in skin cancer management: Assessing knowledge and safety

Dixon, A., Rosengren, H., Connelly, T. and Dixon, J. (2009) Education in skin cancer management: Assessing knowledge and safety. Australian Family Physician, 38 7: 557-560.

Author Dixon, A.
Rosengren, H.
Connelly, T.
Dixon, J.
Title Education in skin cancer management: Assessing knowledge and safety
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2009-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 7
Start page 557
End page 560
Total pages 4
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract
Background: General practitioners manage the majority of skin cancers in Australia. There are a range of training opportunities for, and certifications in, skin cancer management.
Method: Between 15 June and 25 June 2008, an online examination was placed on the Australasian College of Skin Cancer Medicine website. Two hundred and forty-five college affiliated doctors were invited by email to complete the examination. Thirty questions were asked pertaining to the management of a hypothetical case study including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. RESULTS: Of 187 doctors who had an active responding email address, 140 (75%) took the examination. From a possible score of 100, the mean score was 84 +/- 16. The median score was 80.
Some trends emerged. Longer and more detailed training programs correlated with better subsequent knowledge retention and safety. Two days of training may not make doctors sufficiently safe in skin cancer management; it appeared to improved knowledge, but not to a point where unsafe practice was eliminated.
Keyword General practitioner
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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