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