Optimal model of follow-up care after treatment of localised melanoma

Summary

Most melanomas are detected by patients or family members between scheduled visits; even more might be detected if patients are trained in how to self-examine their skin and have access to timely dermatology review. Frequent follow-up of localised melanoma is time and resource intensive and has not shown improved outcomes. This project forms part of a larger NHMRC funded study that aims to provide evidence on the best model of follow up care after treatment for localised melanoma.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Mbathio Dieng

Research Location

NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

This project will compare the costs of follow-up to the participant, to the healthcare system, and to the planet (in the form of carbon emission costs) of offering patient-led surveillance (mobile dermatoscope + smartphone app + teledermatology + email and text reminders to support self-examination + an educational booklet + scheduled and unscheduled clinic visits) to clinician-led surveillance (an educational booklet + scheduled and unscheduled clinic visits).

Additional Information

There may be an opportunity for additional part time employment as a Research Officer (or equivalent) to support the larger study. This position will be subject to standard HR policies and recruitment procedures at the University of Sydney.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship through the NHMRC Clinical Trial Centre Scholarships program.

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Keywords

health economics, melanoma, Quality of Life, societal costs, survival analysis, Cancer

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2907