GP-led melanoma follow-up: views and feelings of patient recipients

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

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The aim of this study was to explore the practical experiences and feelings of people with cutaneous malignant melanoma about receiving structured melanoma follow-up from their general practitioner (GP) as an alternative to traditional hospital-based follow-up.

Semi-structured audio-taped telephone interviews were conducted with patient recipients of a GP-led follow-up programme for people with cutaneous malignant melanoma.

Eighteen people with cutaneous malignant melanoma that had received structured GP-led routine follow-up for cutaneous malignant melanoma took part in this study.

GP-led melanoma follow-up worked well from the perspectives patients. Patients appreciated convenience of the system, less rushed appointments with more thorough examinations, a more pleasant atmosphere and greater continuity of care. They regarded the GP-led follow-up positively, irrespective of distance from the major cancer centre. Concerns expressed included awareness that most GPs had less experience of melanoma than hospital specialists.

GP-led melanoma follow-up is feasible and is generally viewed positively by those patients that have experienced it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-233
Number of pages9
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number2
Early online date10 May 2009
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


  • aftercare
  • cancer
  • malignant melanoma
  • primary care


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