Consumer acceptance of patient-performed mobile teledermoscopy for the early detection of melanoma

Horsham, Caitlin, Loescher, Lois J., Whiteman, David C., Soyer, H. Peter, & Janda, Monika (2016) Consumer acceptance of patient-performed mobile teledermoscopy for the early detection of melanoma. British Journal Of Dermatology. (In Press)

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

  • Mobile teledermoscopy allows consumers to send images of skin lesions to a teledermatologist for remote diagnosis. Currently, technology acceptance of mobile teledermoscopy by people at high risk of melanoma is unknown.

OBJECTIVES

  • We aimed to determine acceptance of mobile teledermoscopy by consumers based on: perceived usefulness; ease of use; compatibility; attitude, intention; subjective norms; facilitators, and trust before use. Satisfaction was explored after use.

METHODS

  • Consumers 50-64 years at high risk of melanoma (fair skin, or previous skin cancer) were recruited from a population-based cohort study and via media announcements in Brisbane, Australia in 2013. Participants completed a 27-item questionnaire pre-teledermoscopy modified from a Technology Acceptance Model. The first 49 participants with a suitable Smartphone then conducted mobile teledermoscopy in their homes for early detection of melanoma and asked to rate their satisfaction.

RESULTS

  • The pre-teledermoscopy questionnaire was completed by 228 participants. Most (87%) participants agreed mobile teledermoscopy would improve their skin self-examination performance and 91% agreed it would be in their best interest to use. However nearly half (45%) of participants were unsure, if they had complete trust in the telediagnosis. Participants who conducted mobile teledermoscopy (n=49) reported the dermatoscope was easy to use (94%), motivated them to examine their skin more often (86%), but 18% could not take photos in hard to see areas and 35% required help to submit the photo to the teledermatologist.

CONCLUSIONS

  • Mobile teledermoscopy consumer acceptance appears favourable. This new technology warrants further assessment for its utility in melanoma early detection or follow-up.

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ID Code: 98284
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: home health monitoring, mhealth, smartphones, teledermatology, telemedicine
DOI: 10.1111/bjd.14630
ISSN: 0007-0963
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2016 04:20
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 16:12

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