Dermatological cancer screening: Evaluation of a new community pharmacy service

Kjome, Reidun L.S., Wright, David J., Bjaaen, Anne-Kristin B., Garstad, Kjersti W. and Valeur, Mette (2017) Dermatological cancer screening: Evaluation of a new community pharmacy service. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 13 (6). pp. 1214-1217. ISSN 1551-7411

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Background: Skin cancer accounts for one third of all cancers. Prognosis is inversely related to identification stage. Objectives: To describe a novel service, mole scans, performed in community pharmacy, the findings from the first 3.5 years it was in place, and to explore patient acceptability of the service. Methods: Norwegian Boots' pharmacies offer a mole scanning service in cooperation with ScreenCancer. Scans are undertaken within pharmacy consultation rooms. Image interpretation is undertaken remotely by a specialist. Number and result of scans performed from 2010 to 2014 are reported. A satisfaction questionnaire was returned by 10% of participants. Results: A total of 25836 scans were performed on 15777 individuals. Of these, 83.6% had normal scans, 1% had melanoma, and 15.4% had another skin condition. In 2014 the service identified 4.1% of melanoma cases registered in the Norwegian Cancer Registry. Most responders (88%) would use a similar service again. Nearly all (99%) felt the pharmacy was a suitable venue, and 95% would recommend the service to others. In total, 99% of respondents scored their overall satisfaction as “good” or higher. Conclusions: This approach was acceptable among participants who provided feedback. Providing mole scanning through pharmacies enables individuals to obtain a rapid check of moles causing concern, in an acceptable environment with a high level of satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer,malignant melanoma,community pharmacy,mole scanning,siascope,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Patient Care
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 00:06
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:59
DOI: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2016.12.001


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