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dc.contributor.authorWilson, Patricia
dc.contributor.authorBataille, Veronique
dc.contributor.authorKlemera, Ellen
dc.identifier.citationWilson , P , Bataille , V & Klemera , E 2010 , ' Self management in atypical mole syndrome : qualitative findings from a pilot study ' , Dermatological Nursing , vol. 9 , no. 4 , pp. 42-46 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 8145273
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 37a255e1-0cb1-4868-9839-b5c81824c347
dc.description.abstractBackground: Atypical mole syndrome (AMS) is the most significant risk factor for melanoma. Although the incidence of melanoma is rising, with early detection it is more likely to be curable. Regular systematic skin self-examination is vital, however there is little research exploring self-management behaviours in this population. Aim: This paper reports the qualitative findings of a mixed method study investigating the knowledge, self-management behaviours and experience of living with AMS. Method: Three focus groups were undertaken to explore the experiences, beliefs, strategies, and self-management facilitation in AMS. Discussions were recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed. Results: A sense of anxiety in living with AMS was described, which was heightened by knowing someone who had been diagnosed with melanoma. Impact on life appeared greater for females, although males also discussed anxiety when causing trauma to moles. However, systematic skin self-examination was not regularly undertaken and there was a reliance on clinic visits to a dermatologist to check moles. Conclusion: There is a need to develop self-management interventions for this population to reduce anxiety and promote systematic skin self-examination. The potential of adapting interventions for AMS from other long-term conditions should be exploreden
dc.relation.ispartofDermatological Nursing
dc.titleSelf management in atypical mole syndrome : qualitative findings from a pilot studyen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Adult Nursing and Primary Care
dc.contributor.institutionCommunities, Young People and Family Lives
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research in Public Health and Community Care
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Postgraduate Medicine
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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