Feasibility of tailored skin cancer prevention in general practice

Kylie Vuong, L Trevena, Billie Bonevski, Bruce Armstrong

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Background: General Practice provides a unique opportunity to help patients adopt healthy lifestyles and play an important role in skin cancer prevention. Tailored skin cancer prevention advice delivered through general practice may improve sun protection behaviours.
Aims: To pilot test a general practice delivered skin cancer prevention intervention and evaluate its feasibility, acceptability and impact on short-term, self-reported sun protection behaviour change.
Methods: The study is a pre and post intervention design with a control group. The treatment group received a skin cancer risk assessment, tailored skin cancer prevention advice based on their level of risk and a Cancer Council pamphlet. Sun protection knowledge, attitudes and behaviour changes were compared between the two groups. In total, 50 participants were recruited in each group.
Results: A tailored skin cancer prevention intervention can be successfully implemented in the general practice setting. Knowledge levels improved in both groups, the intervention group showed a greater improvement at follow up (mean difference = 0.50, 95% CI 0.08–0.92, p = 0.021). Although 39% of the intervention group participants reported a change in their sun protection behaviours, further statistical analyses exploring hours of sun
exposure and the composite sun protection score did not show any significant differences between groups.
Conclusions: This study helped to understand the factors that might be important in developing a general practice approach. However substantial shifts in behaviour may require extended investments and further studies should include a longer term follow up period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97
Number of pages1
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Issue numbers4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


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