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INTRODUCTION: Primary care providers have greater access to patients despite often lacking the appropriate training or time to implement effective skin cancer screenings in their busy practices.1 Through collaborative efforts with Oregon's War on Melanoma public health campaign and other primary care trainings, we created "Melanoma Toolkit for Early Detection" (MTED): a training curriculum and resource repository for primary care providers.METHODS AND RESULTS: MTED consisted of three self-paced modules. Each participant completed a pre- and post-test consisting of demographic, confidence, and image identification questions. A subsequent optional 6-month follow-up image identification test was also provided. Of the 96 participants, 40 completed all the modules, the pre, and post-test. On average, scores increased by 6.0 (95% CI: 3.5 to 8.6) percentage points (P<0.001, paired t-test). The percent of participants reporting confidence with melanoma identification increased significantly from the pre- (23.3%) to the post-test (67.4%), an increase of 44.2 (95% CI: 29.3 to 59.0,) percentage points (P<0.001, McNemar's test).DISCUSSION: This study shows that an online curriculum such as MTED has the potential to increase PCPs confidence and knowledge. This could subsequently lead to improved early melanoma diagnosis by primary care providers.
View details for DOI 10.1111/pcmr.12968
View details for PubMedID 33638298