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Table 4 The characteristics of GPs and their adherence to guidelines for up to three scenarios of patients presenting with suspicious melanocytic lesions

From: Choosing to biopsy or refer suspicious melanocytic lesions in general practice

GP characteristic Number of GPs Number of scenarios where GPs adhered to guidelines
   None of the Scenarios One Scenario Two Scenarios Three Scenarios
Training*          
  Dermoscopy only 19 0 0% 1 5% 7 37% 11 58%
  Biopsy only 69 4 6% 6 9% 25 36% 34 49%
  Trained in both 62 5 8% 5 8% 21 34% 31 50%
  No training 94 1 1% 11 12% 17 18% 65 69%
Full-time** 137 6 4% 18 13% 38 28% 75 56%
Part-time 86 3 3% 5 6% 22 22% 56 56%
GP specialises in skin cancer management 5 1   0   4   0  
Routine use of dermoscopy#   7 78% 13 57% 52 74% 62 49%
Mean (SD) biopsies per month##   8.50 (8.11) 3.30 (3.47) 8.21 (14.37) 1.98 (2.86)
  1. *(n = 242 GPs, χ2 test = 43.238, df =12, p = 0.000).
  2. **(Mann-Whitney U test, n = 242 GPs, z = -1.72, p = 0.085).
  3. # (Mann-Whitney U test, n = 223 GPs, z = -3.076, p = 0.002).
  4. ## (One-way ANOVA, n = 237 GPs, df = 3, F = 9.657, p < 0.01).