The aim of the SCARD surgical audit is to provide practitioners with a management tool to manage the diagnosis and treatment of skin malignancies in a primary care environment.
By implementing a self-auditing process, practitioners can evaluate the diagnostic & treatment methods used for both accuracy and adequacy respective to histological results. Use of diagnostic aids (such as Sequential Digital Imaging, Total Body Photography, Dermatoscopy) and algorithms (including Chaos & Clues and BLINK) are also assessed for effectiveness within primary care.
The surgical audit also contains a reporting platform that allows reports to be generated for specific time periods for statistical and visual options for cohort comparison. The SCARD Skin Cancer Surgical Audit combined data pool contains over 780,000 lesions with comparative periods available for the past 10 years; enabling participants to reflect over their historical records.
Relevance to General Practice
Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. Early detection and treatment of skin cancer is vital to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with this disease.
- Implementation of an administration & auditing platform (SCARD) for surgical and non-evasive treatment of skin malignancies.
- Develop communication processes with diagnostic providers.
- Compiled a dataset enabling comparison their results to peers operating within the same practitioner classification and location types.
- The practitioner will identify situations where additional action is required on their part to ensure the ongoing care & safety of their patients
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units