Skin cancer knowledge and prevention counseling among Arizona pharmacists

Edward P Armstrong, Charlotte Campbell, Ashley Van Allen, Erin Vincent

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Abstract

Skin cancer is particularly prevalent in Arizona, with incidence rates ranking number 2 worldwide. This study assessed pharmacists' knowledge of skin cancer and factors that impacted skin cancer prevention patient counseling. Participants were recruited using a listserv of pharmacists that were members of the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance (AzPA) or preceptors of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Subjects completed an online questionnaire consisting of knowledge-based questions, questions about patient counseling preferences, and subject demographics. The mean correct score on the Skin Cancer and Sun Exposure Knowledge Indicator was 5.8 ± 1.9. Pharmacists living in Arizona for longer duration were more likely to know the minimum recommended sunscreen sun protection factor (SPF) for adults when outdoors (P =.003) and factors associated with malignant melanoma prognosis/survival (P =.004) but were less likely to know the definition of ABCD acronym (P =.027). Having a family or friend diagnosed with any form of skin cancer or precancerous skin condition led to more pharmacists knowing the risk factors for developing melanoma (P =.046) and knowing how often to apply water resistant sunscreen (P =.035). In conclusion, the length of pharmacy practice in Arizona and having a family member or close friend affected by skin cancer significantly impacted a pharmacists' knowledge of skin cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-366
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

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Skin Neoplasms
Pharmacists
Counseling
Sunscreening Agents
Melanoma
Sun Protection Factor
Precancerous Conditions
Patient Preference
Solar System
Demography
Skin
Survival
Water
Incidence

Keywords

  • knowledge
  • pharmacists
  • skin cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Skin cancer knowledge and prevention counseling among Arizona pharmacists. / Armstrong, Edward P; Campbell, Charlotte; Van Allen, Ashley; Vincent, Erin.

In: Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Vol. 23, No. 4, 08.2010, p. 358-366.

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Armstrong, Edward P ; Campbell, Charlotte ; Van Allen, Ashley ; Vincent, Erin. / Skin cancer knowledge and prevention counseling among Arizona pharmacists. In: Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2010 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 358-366.
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