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Audit of plastic surgeons' understanding of pathology reports of skin neoplasia

Lau, YS; Suvarna, SK; Kangesu, L; Mosahebi, A; (2004) Audit of plastic surgeons' understanding of pathology reports of skin neoplasia. BRIT J PLAST SURG , 57 (2) 134 - 138. 10.1016/j.bjps.2003.11.029.

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Abstract

This audit was set up to investigate Plastic Surgeons' perception of minimum, standards of reporting of skin neoplasia at the time of publication of the Royal College of Pathologists' guidelines. Eight histopathology case reports of skin neoplasia were formulated; four had the minimum information required and four had vital information omitted. Surgeons were asked to evaluate and suggest management. Marks were allocated for awareness of substandard reporting and for patient management. Forty-three out of 60 questionnaires were returned. Consultants had a significantly higher total score compared to the other grades (p < 0.05). A high knowledge score was correlated with a high management score. However, awareness of minimum data was relatively poor across all grades. The majority of participants. themselves were unaware of the new guidelines (38/43). Awareness of the guidelines and increased understanding of basic pathology should correct these weaknesses. (C) 2004 The British Association of Plastic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:Audit of plastic surgeons' understanding of pathology reports of skin neoplasia
DOI:10.1016/j.bjps.2003.11.029
Keywords:skin neoplasia, histopathology, pathology, minimum dataset, SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMA, PROGNOSTIC FACTORS
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Surgery and Interventional Science (Division of)

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