Time required for a complete skin examination with and without dermoscopy: A prospective, randomized multicenter study

Iris Zalaudek, Harald Kittler, Ashfaq A. Marghoob, Anna Balato, Andreas Blum, Stéphane Dalle, Gerardo Ferrara, Regina Fink-Puches, Caterina M. Giorgio, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Josep Malvehy, Elvira Moscarella, Susana Puig, Massimiliano Scalvenzi, Luc Thomas, Giuseppe Argenziano

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the time required to perform a complete skin examination (CSE) as a means of opportunistic screening for skin cancer both without and with dermoscopy. Design: Randomized, prospective multicenter study. Setting: Eight referral pigmented lesion clinics. Patients: From June 2006 to January 2007, 1359 patients with at least 1 melanocytic or nonmelanocytic skin lesion were randomly selected to receive a CSE without dermoscopy or CSE with dermoscopy. For each patient, the total number of lesions and the duration of the CSE were recorded. A total of 1328 patients were eligible for analysis (31 were excluded because of missing data). Main Outcome Measures: The median time (measured in seconds) needed for CSE with and without dermoscopy and according to total cutaneous lesion count. Results: The median time needed for CSE without dermoscopy was 70 seconds and with dermoscopy was 142 seconds, a significant difference of 72 seconds (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-513
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Volume144
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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