Condition category
Cancer
Date applied
04/04/2011
Date assigned
14/04/2011
Last edited
06/09/2013
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Nina Badertscher

ORCID ID

Contact details

Institute of General Practice
University Hopsital Zurich
Pestalozzistrasse 24
Zürich
8091
Switzerland
+41 (0)44 255 39 83
nina.badertscher@usz.ch

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EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Does a multifaceted intervention improve the competence in the diagnosis of skin cancer by general practitioners? A randomised controlled trial

Acronym

minSKIN

Study hypothesis

A multifaceted intervention with general practitioners (GPs) (including technical equipment and a continuous feedback on skin lesions) leads to an improved competence in the diagnosis of skin cancer by GPs.

On 06/09/2013 the target number of participants was changed from 60 to 78.

Ethics approval

The ethics committee of the Kanton Zurich (Kantonale Ethik-Kommission Zürich) approved on the 01/03/2011 (KEK-ZH-NR: 2010-0384/5)

Study design

Single-centre randomised two-armed interventional study

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

GP practices

Trial type

Diagnostic

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use contact details below to request a GP or patient information sheet.

Condition

Skin cancer

Intervention

Both groups:
Dermatological training course (duration: one day)

Intervention group:
1. Magnifying glass (Lumio loupe) with integrated polarised light source allowing subsurface examination
2. Digital consumer camera
3. GPs send pictures of skin lesions to the study dermatologist and get continuous problem based feedback and teaching based on these pictures

Control group:
No further intervention, GPs provide usual care

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Competence in the diagnosis of skin cancer by GPs, measured as the percentage of correctly classified pictures of skin lesions.

The measures will be assessed at baseline before the dermatological workshop (T0), immediately after the dermatological workshop (T1) and after one year of continuous feedback with the intervention group (T2).

Secondary outcome measures

1. Histopathology of excised skin lesions
2. Age, sex and skin type of patients with skin lesions

Overall trial start date

01/04/2011

Overall trial end date

31/08/2012

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. GPs in the Canton of Zurich
2. Provide basic medical care with a workload of at least 20 hours per week
3. Do not plan to retire or to move away during the study period

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

78 GPs

Participant exclusion criteria

1. GPs from other Cantons than Zurich
2. Workload of less than 20 hours per week

Recruitment start date

01/04/2011

Recruitment end date

31/08/2012

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Switzerland

Trial participating centre

Institute of General Practice
Zürich
8091
Switzerland

Sponsor information

Organisation

Institute of General Practice - University of Zurich (Switzerland)

Sponsor details

Institut für Hausarztmedizin der Universität Zürich
University Hospital of Zurich
Pestalozzistrasse 24
Zurich
8091
Switzerland
+41 (0)44 255 98 55
thomas.rosemann@usz.ch

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.hausarztmedizin.uzh.ch

Funders

Funder type

Other

Funder name

Institute of General Practice - University of Zurich (Institut für Hausarztmedizin der Universität Zürich) (Switzerland)

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Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

Swiss Academy for Medical Sciences (SAMW) (Switzerland) (grant number RRMA 4-11)

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Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

MEDA Pharma AG (Switzerland)

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Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

1. 2011 protocol in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21718520

Publication citations

  1. Protocol

    Badertscher N, Rosemann T, Tandjung R, Braun RP, minSKIN does a multifaceted intervention improve the competence in the diagnosis of skin cancer by general practitioners? Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial., Trials, 2011, 12, 165, doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-12-165.

Additional files

Editorial Notes