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Routine Skin Cancer Screening in Germany: Four Years of Experience from the Dermatologists' Perspective.
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PMID:  23295723     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: In 2008, routine skin cancer screening (rSCS) was introduced into routine care for persons ≥35 years in Germany. To date, about 95% of approximately 3,500 office-based dermatologists participate in this program paid by the statutory health insurances. Objective: To evaluate German rSCS from the dermatologists' perspective. Methods: Since 2009, every year standardized questionnaires were sent nationwide to about 2,000 dermatologists, once yearly addressing the actual patients, screenings and treatments, the personal experiences and the dermatologists' attitudes towards rSCS. Descriptive data analysis from 2009, 2010 and 2011 was performed. Results: The average dermatologist performed 1,380/1,364/1,348 screenings annually (2009/ 2010/2011), with a mean remuneration of EUR 21.50/22.10/ 21.93. 32.9/46.6/53.3% of the dermatologists were rather or very satisfied with rSCS, and a rising number of dermatologists (69.4/80.0/83.1%) perceived a better quality of health care for skin cancer since 2008. Conclusion: rSCS is widely accepted by German dermatologists and is conducted with increasing frequency.
Thomas Kornek; Ines Schäfer; Michael Reusch; Christine Blome; Katharina Herberger; Florian Christoph Beikert; Matthias Augustin
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatology (Basel, Switzerland)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1421-9832     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatology (Basel)     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9203244     Medline TA:  Dermatology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Institute and German Center for Health Services Research in Dermatology, University Medical Center Hamburg, and Dermatology Office, Hamburg, Germany.
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