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Praxis (Bern 1994). 2013 Oct 30;102(22):1353-9. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157/a001466.

[Skin cancer in primary care: frequency, need to further education and subjective diagnostic certainty. A cross sectional survey among general practitioners in Canton of Zurich].

[Article in German; Abstract available in German from the publisher]

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Institut für Hausarztmedizin, Universität Zürich.

Abstract

in English, French, German

BACKGROUND:

Incidence of malignant skin lesions is rising in Switzerland. We wanted to assess the frequency of patients with suspicious skin lesions in daily practice. Furthermore, we asked for diagnostic certainty and the need of further education in skin cancer.

METHODS:

Survey with 1212 GPs in the canton of Zurich, descriptive analysis, regression analysis.

RESULTS:

Response rate 41,4%. 23,2% of the GPs saw daily/weekly patients with suspicious skin lesions, another 34,8% monthly. 79,0% reported need for further education in skin cancer. This need was lower in urban GPs and in GPs with higher diagnostic certainty.

CONCLUSIONS:

GPs saw relatively often patients with suspicious skin lesions. Despite high diagnostic certainty, there was a clear need for further education in skin cancer.

KEYWORDS:

Dermatologie; Hausarzt; Hausarztmedizin; Hautkrebs; Hautläsion; cancer de la peau; dermatologie; dermatology; general practitioner; lésions cutanées; médecine de premier recours; médecins généralistes; primary care; skin cancer; skin lesion

PMID:
24169480
DOI:
10.1024/1661-8157/a001466
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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