Dermoscopy use in the next generation: a survey of Australian dermatology trainees

Piliouras, Peter, Buettner, Petra and Soyer H. Peter (2014) Dermoscopy use in the next generation: a survey of Australian dermatology trainees. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 55 1: 49-52. doi:10.1111/ajd.12061

Author Piliouras, Peter
Buettner, Petra
Soyer H. Peter
Title Dermoscopy use in the next generation: a survey of Australian dermatology trainees
Journal name Australasian Journal of Dermatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8380
Publication date 2014-02-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajd.12061
Volume 55
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 52
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: The use of dermoscopy is rapidly expanding. The dermatoscope is now used in everyday practice. We sought to investigate the use of dermoscopy by Australian dermatology trainees.
Methods: An invitation to complete a web-based survey was sent via e-mail. The survey was composed of a combination of questions from a standardised survey of the International Dermoscopy Society, a previously published dermoscopy survey of Australian consultant dermatologists and questions posed by us. Two-sided Fisher's exact tests, χ2 tests and exact χ2 tests for trend were used to assess differences between Australian consultants (n = 99) and trainee dermatologists (n = 44).
Results: The response rate was 55% (44/80 trainees). There were 32% (n = 14) male and 68% (n = 30) female respondents. The mean age was 33-years (SD = 5.41). All respondents used dermoscopy with most (55%, n = 24) having used a dermatoscope for 3-5 years. When asked whether a dermatoscope was an essential tool for a trainee dermatologist, 96% (n = 42) responded yes. There was a statistically significant difference in answers of consultants and trainees to questions on identifying melanomas early in the curable stage, the use of dermoscopy in non-pigmented tumours, helping to improve record-keeping, documentation for medical liability and anticipation for future use of dermoscopy (P < 0.05). Conclusions This survey of trainee dermatologists compared the dermoscopy practices recorded in a previous publication involving consultant dermatologists, in addition to questions asked by us. We outline what the practices of dermoscopy use could be in the next generation of dermatologists in Australia.
Keyword Dermatology trainee
Dermoscopy survey
Dermoscopy use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 29 May 2013

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