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Receptivity to Internet-Delivered Interventions to Promote Skin Self-examination and Sun Protection Behaviors in Patients With Melanoma

Ashley K. Day, PhD1; Jerod L. Stapleton, PhD1; Sharon L. Manne, PhD1; Kristina L. Tatum, MS1; James S. Goydos, MD1; Elliot J. Coups, PhD1
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1Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(2):213-215. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.2978.
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This survey of adults with a diagnosis of melanoma assessed patient characteristics associated with a willingness to receive Internet-delivered interventions to promote skin self-examination and sun protection behaviors.

Patients with melanoma have a 9-fold increased risk for a diagnosis of another melanoma.1 Contrary to recommendations, many individuals diagnosed as having melanoma do not perform regular skin self-examinations (SSEs) or engage consistently in sun protection behaviors.2 Considerable opportunity exists to use e-health approaches, such as the Internet, to deliver information and interventions targeting behavior change in patients with melanoma.3 Potential benefits include interactive and personalized content, cost-effectiveness, and implementation across diverse settings and geographic locations.4 However, to determine the potential reach and utility of such interventions, identification of patient characteristics associated with a willingness to receive Internet-delivered information is needed. We examined factors associated with the receptivity of patients with melanoma to Internet-delivered interventions to promote engagement in SSEs and sun protection behaviors.

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