Measuring performance in skin cancer practice: The SCARD initiative

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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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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.

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

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

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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