[9 min read] Concordance between patient concerns and skin cancer diagnosis


This month’s research article caught my eye because it is such a simple, yet useful and relevant study. From a single practice in Brisbane, the paper reports on the agreement or not between lesions of concern to a patient, and those identified by the dermatologist, upon examination. 

Interestingly, there was very low levels of concordance or agreement between a patient’s concern, and what the examining doctor found!

I think this supports a couple of key themes that are useful reminders.

First “take a careful history, and then disregard it”. Of course, what we really mean here is “take a careful history, take it seriously, but also assume nothing and examine the patient carefully”.

Second, every patient needs, and deserves, a full skin examination, because the patient is usually unaware of suspicious lesions, and many such lesions are found on careful medical examination.

The paper is linked here.

Prof David Wilkinson


Skin Cancer Certificate Courses in Australia hbspt.cta.load(442096, ‘1df038d4-7734-424c-a5d9-3972c7077b95’, {});

Read more from Professor David Wilkinson on recent research:

The post [9 min read] Concordance between patient concerns and skin cancer diagnosis appeared first on HealthCert Blog.

Source link

Comments are closed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy