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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Jun;58(6):1006-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.03.008. Epub 2008 Apr 11.

Components of a successful intervention for monthly skin self-examination for early detection of melanoma: the "Check It Out" trial.

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Dermatoepidemiology Unit, VA Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island 02908, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Multicomponent Check-It-Out project interventions were found to be effective at increasing thorough skin self-examinations (TSSE). Application of this research will benefit from determining the most important interventions for promoting TSSE.

OBJECTIVE:

Identification of the most important Check-It-Out intervention components for promoting TSSE.

METHODS:

This study analyzed the responses of the 567 participants who were randomized into the skin examination intervention group and who did not report performing TSSE at their baseline interview.

RESULTS:

Watching the video, using the hand mirror, shower card, American Cancer Society brochure, sample photographs, and finding the health educator helpful were associated with performing TSSE at 2 months, 12 months, or both.

LIMITATIONS:

Use of the materials within the skin group was not randomly assigned. All data were based on participant self-report.

CONCLUSIONS:

As future interventions to increase TSSE are developed, the identified useful components will be important to include.

PMID:
18406492
PMCID:
PMC2464906
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2008.03.008
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