MelaNostrum: a consensus questionnaire of standardized epidemiologic and clinical variables for melanoma risk assessment by the melanostrum consortium

Alexander J Stratigos, Maria Concetta Fargnoli, Arcangela De Nicolo, Ketty Peris, Susana Puig, Efthymia Soura, Chiara Menin, Donato Calista, Paola Ghiorzo, Mario Mandala, Daniela Massi, Monica Rodolfo, Laura Del Regno, Irene Stefanaki, Helen Gogas, Veronique Bataille, Margaret A Tucker, David Whiteman, Eduardo Nagore, Maria Teresa Landi

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BACKGROUND: Many melanoma observational studies have been carried out across different countries and geographic areas using heterogeneous assessments of epidemiologic risk factors and clinical variables.

AIM: To develop a consensus questionnaire to standardize epidemiologic and clinical data collection for melanoma risk assessment.

METHODS: We used a stepwise strategy that included: compilation of variables from case-control datasets collected at various centres of the MelaNostrum Consortium; integration of variables from published case-control studies; consensus discussion of the collected items by MelaNostrum members; revision by independent experts; addition of online tools and image-based charts; questionnaire testing across centres and generation of a final draft.

RESULTS: We developed a core consensus questionnaire (MelanoQ) that includes four separate sections: A. general and demographic data; B. phenotypic and ultraviolet radiation exposure risk factors and lifestyle habits; C. clinical examination, medical and family history; and D. diagnostic data on melanoma (cases only). Accompanying online tools, informative tables, and image-based charts aid standardization. Different subsections of the questionnaire are designed for self-administration, patient interviews performed by a physician or study nurse, and data collection from medical records.

CONCLUSIONS: The MelanoQ questionnaire is a useful tool for the collection and standardization of epidemiologic and clinical data across different studies, centres, cultures and languages. This will expedite ongoing efforts to compile high-quality data for pooled analyses or meta-analyses and offer a solid base for the design of clinical, epidemiologic and translational studies on melanoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2134-2141
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume32
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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Melanoma
Consensus
Medical History Taking
Epidemiologic Factors
Self Administration
Habits
Medical Records
Observational Studies
Meta-Analysis
Case-Control Studies
Life Style
Epidemiologic Studies
Language
Nurses
Demography
Surveys and Questionnaires
Interviews
Physicians

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MelaNostrum : a consensus questionnaire of standardized epidemiologic and clinical variables for melanoma risk assessment by the melanostrum consortium. / Stratigos, Alexander J; Fargnoli, Maria Concetta; De Nicolo, Arcangela; Peris, Ketty; Puig, Susana; Soura, Efthymia; Menin, Chiara; Calista, Donato; Ghiorzo, Paola; Mandala, Mario; Massi, Daniela; Rodolfo, Monica; Del Regno, Laura; Stefanaki, Irene; Gogas, Helen; Bataille, Veronique; Tucker, Margaret A; Whiteman, David; Nagore, Eduardo; Landi, Maria Teresa.

In: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, Vol. 32, No. 12, 12.2018, p. 2134-2141.

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Stratigos, AJ, Fargnoli, MC, De Nicolo, A, Peris, K, Puig, S, Soura, E, Menin, C, Calista, D, Ghiorzo, P, Mandala, M, Massi, D, Rodolfo, M, Del Regno, L, Stefanaki, I, Gogas, H, Bataille, V, Tucker, MA, Whiteman, D, Nagore, E & Landi, MT 2018, 'MelaNostrum: a consensus questionnaire of standardized epidemiologic and clinical variables for melanoma risk assessment by the melanostrum consortium', Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, vol. 32, no. 12, pp. 2134-2141. https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.15208
Stratigos, Alexander J ; Fargnoli, Maria Concetta ; De Nicolo, Arcangela ; Peris, Ketty ; Puig, Susana ; Soura, Efthymia ; Menin, Chiara ; Calista, Donato ; Ghiorzo, Paola ; Mandala, Mario ; Massi, Daniela ; Rodolfo, Monica ; Del Regno, Laura ; Stefanaki, Irene ; Gogas, Helen ; Bataille, Veronique ; Tucker, Margaret A ; Whiteman, David ; Nagore, Eduardo ; Landi, Maria Teresa. / MelaNostrum : a consensus questionnaire of standardized epidemiologic and clinical variables for melanoma risk assessment by the melanostrum consortium. In: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 2018 ; Vol. 32, No. 12. pp. 2134-2141.
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