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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1999 Apr;40(4):563-6.

Participant satisfaction and value in American Academy of Dermatology and American Cancer Society skin cancer screening programs in Massachusetts.

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Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, MA 02118, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

More than 1 million Americans have attended the American Academy of Dermatology's Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Programs since 1985. However, there have been no reports of the participants' perceived value, satisfaction, and benefits of skin cancer screening.

OBJECTIVE:

We attempted to measure the benefits and subsequent screening practices of persons with presumptive positive screening diagnoses.

METHODS:

A self-administered questionnaire was sent to participants with positive screening diagnoses in Massachusetts.

RESULTS:

Of the 643 respondents, 81% rated their satisfaction as high and 84% had similar ratings for the value of the screening. Screenings apparently led to an increase in self-screening (60% before screening compared with 84% after screening).

CONCLUSION:

Although screening appears to have relatively strong benefits, further studies should be conducted nationally.

PMID:
10188674
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