Evaluation of a skin self-examination programme: a four-stage recursive model

Rowell, David, Nguyen, Kim Huong , Baade, Peter and Janda, Monika (2017) Evaluation of a skin self-examination programme: a four-stage recursive model. Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention, 18 4: 1063-1067. doi:10.22034/APJCP.2017.18.4.1063


Author Rowell, David
Nguyen, Kim Huong
Baade, Peter
Janda, Monika
Title Evaluation of a skin self-examination programme: a four-stage recursive model
Journal name Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1513-7368
Publication date 2017-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.22034/APJCP.2017.18.4.1063
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 1063
End page 1067
Total pages 5
Place of publication Bangkok, Thailand
Publisher Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention
Language eng
Subject 2713 Epidemiology
2730 Oncology
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
1306 Cancer Research
Abstract Background: Effective skin self-examination can enable early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, which otherwise could result in significant morbidity and mortality. We compare the effects of watching a DVD and reading printed materials on self skin examination. Methods: Longitudinal data from the Randomized Skin Awareness Trial were analysed (n=984). The control group were provided with written materials describing how to conduct effective skin self-examination. The intervention group received additional instruction from a DVD. It was hypothesized that self skin examination may be confounded by unobserved variables. A recursive model was specified to control for this potential source of bias. Results: At six months only watching the DVD had a statistically significant effect on diagnosed skin cancer. By 12 months both interventions were statistically significant; reading the printed materials was 63% as effective as watching the DVD. Conclusion: Watching a DVD was associated with the largest increase in diagnosed skin cancer. However, reading written materials was also associated with an increase in diagnosed skin cancer. Both visual and written communication should be considered when designing an effective skin self-examination programme.
Keyword Endogeneity
Recursive model
Self skin-examination
Skin cancer screening
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 19:25:36 EST by David Rowell on behalf of Centre for the Business & Economics of Health