87604 - Surgical Skin Audit
This clinical audit will allow general practitioners to assess their rate of histological accuracy of skin lesion identification and determine overall prevalence rates within their practice.
Graphical and statistical reports provided back to each general practitioner will show individual performance and comparison to peers in a confidential setting.
This will enable general practitioners to recognise areas where knowledge and skills could be improved to enhance patient care.
Relevance to General Practice
Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. In Australia every year, skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers (4). Two in every three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 (5), and over 750,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer each year (6). Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in this country and represents 10% of all cancers, with over 10,000 cases diagnosed annually (7,3).
These statistics show that General Practitioners will see many cases of potential skin cancer during their working life, and thus it is vitally important they are familiar with skin lesions of all types and can differentiate between non cancerous and cancerous lesions, confidently and correctly. Early detection is paramount, as they respond well to treatment and potential cure. However hundreds of Australians still die each year from melanoma due to a delay in diagnosis (1). GPs are well placed to facilitate the detection of skin
- Identify areas and formulate changes for practice improvement based on surgical skin audit feedback
- Assess current surgical practice through analysis of diagnostic data and graphical feedback
- Assess and compare individual performance against peers in a confidential setting.