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Knowledge, attitudes and skills in melanoma diagnosis among doctors: a cross sectional study from Sri Lanka

Knowledge, attitudes and skills in melanoma diagnosis among doctors: a cross sectional study from Sri Lanka

Bmc Research Notes 11(1): 389

This study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitudes and skills of non-specialist doctors on timely referral of suspicious lesions for melanoma diagnosis. One hundred and twenty-three doctors (mean age; 30.4 years, SD ± 8.015) were enrolled. Very few (3.3%) correctly stated all four types of melanoma. Only 8.1% of the total sample had been trained to perform a total body examination for skin cancer detection and a majority (110/123) had never performed one. Almost all (95.2%) were not confident in using a dermatoscope for examination of a skin lesion. Only 17.9% of participants had discussed skin cancer/melanoma risk reduction with patients. Only 13.8% had educated at least one patient regarding skin self-examination for suspicious skin lesions. Knowledge and clinical skills regarding melanoma recognition was unsatisfactory in our sample. Urgent attention is needed to bridge the gap in knowledge and clinical skills on this topic.

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PMID: 29898775

DOI: 10.1186/s13104-018-3499-y

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