GP-led melanoma follow-up: the practical experience of GPs

Peter Murchie, Elizabeth K Delaney, Neil C Campbell, Philip C Hannaford

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Abstract

Objectives. To explore how GP-led melanoma follow-up had actually worked from the perspective of GPs by exploring in detail the practical experience of GPs running the programme.
Design. Semi-structured audio-taped telephone interviews with GPs delivering a GP-led follow-up programme for people with cutaneous malignant melanoma.
Subjects. Seventeen GPs currently delivering structured GP-led routine follow-up for people with cutaneous melanoma.
Results. GP-led melanoma follow-up worked well from the perspectives of GPs. The GPs felt that they were well equipped and supported in undertaking the follow-up consultations and recognized that they were freeing up hospital consultant time. They felt that patients appreciated the convenience of GP-led follow-up. The GPs felt that a robust recall system, initial training with regular refreshers and effective consultant backup were vital components of a successful long-term programme.
Conclusions. GP-led melanoma follow-up is feasible and, provided certain concerns can be addressed, GPs are willing to provide it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-324
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Practice
Volume26
Issue number4
Early online date17 Jun 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

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