11 July 2013
The team, mainly from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, showed that GPs using best practice guidelines with a medical history and naked eye examination had a higher success rate of detecting suspicious skin cancers than a digital assessment tool.
The Royal College of General Practitioner’s Honorary Secretary Professor Amanda Howe announced the winners at the Society of Academic Primary Care’s annual scientific conference in Nottingham this week, and said: “The winning papers have direct messages for GPs on how to improve their practise, or raise more questions and identify areas for further research".
Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioner's and member of the judging panel, added: “standards were incredibly high this year and all the entries… demonstrate the importance of research to practising GPs caring for patients in their surgeries’.
These trial findings underpin Fiona Walter’s new MelaTools programme which is supported by a five-year National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist award. The programme comprises a number of studies which aim to develop and evaluate GP and patient interventions to improve early diagnosis of melanoma in primary care. Read more.
(1) Walter FM, Morris HC, Humphrys E, Hall PN, Kinmonth A, Prevost A, Wilson EC, Burrows N, Norris P, Johnson M, Emery J. Effect of adding a diagnostic aid to best practice to manage suspicious pigmented lesions in primary care: randomised controlled trial. BMJ, 2012;345:e4110.