Title

Measuring performance in skin cancer practice: The SCARD initiative

Date of this Version

1-1-2011

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only

Rosendahl, C., Hansen, C., Cameron, A., Bourne, P., et al. (2011). Measuring performance in skin cancer practice: The SCARD initiative. International Journal of Dermatology, 50 (1), 44-51.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 110300

© Copyright The International Society of Dermatology, 2011

ISSN

0011-9059

Abstract

Background:
The Skin Cancer College of Australia and New Zealand (SCCANZ) has developed a unique project named SCARD - the Skin Cancer Audit and Research Database. Designed initially as a self-audit tool for primary care skin cancer practitioners, SCARD acts as a tracking tool to enhance practice safety, and it also creates practice performance reports. Pooling of de-identified data enables participating practitioners to confidentially compare their own practice to that of their peers. Additionally, this creates a large database with significant research potential, as SCARD records for every lesion de-identified practitioner and patient data, and extensive details of location, provisional and histological diagnosis, and the procedure(s) performed in its treatment.

Methods:
Preliminary data collected in the database have been presented in this study.

Results:
An initial pool of data from 177 practitioners contains 77,553 specimens from 41,006 individual patients.

Conclusions:
The data presented are being analyzed for further studies, and additional data continues to be collected from this ongoing project. SCARD is a useful tool at practice level, and substantial uptake by Australian primary care skin cancer practitioners has provided a unique opportunity for research into skin cancer and its management. SCCANZ, a professional college of predominantly primary care medical practitioners, with a commitment to the management of skin cancer in Australia and New Zealand, has formed a partnership with the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland to ensure that these data are managed and analyzed appropriately.

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