98933 - Skin Pathology Audit
- : Online
Audit offers participants a retrospective assessment of their diagnosis and management of cutaneous malignancy. Participants will receive statistically relevant feedback and evaluate via systemic reviews, their own clinical performance against other participants and best practice guidelines. Quality of care will be improved by increasing participants awareness of diagnostic accuracy and adequacy of surgical excision of skin lesions.Relevance to General Practice
Non-melanoma skin canacer (NMSC), which includes basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common and expensive cancer in Australia and places a high burden on the population, health care system and government. Australia has the highest incidence of NMSC in the world.(1)
General practitioners are the primary contact point for the vast majority of skin cancer patients. A previous study has determined biopsy/excision rates of 2.5/week GPs and 34/week for skin cancer clinic doctors.(2) Wide variations in treatment practices and recommendations give to patients have been previously noted. Inadequate primary treatment of skin malignancy can lead to morbidity and mortality.
1. Clinical Practice Guide: BCC, SCC (and related lesions), Cancer Council Australia/Aust Cancer Network, 2008,p6.
2. Youl, P et al: Diagnosing skin cancer in primary care: how do mainstream practitioners compare with primary care skin cancer clinic doctors?" MJA, 2007: 187: 215-220.