BACKGROUND: There are poorly documented variations in the journey a skin cancer patient will follow from diagnosis to treatment in the European Union. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the possible difficulties or obstacles that a person with a skin malignancy in the European Union may have to overcome in order to receive adequate medical screening and care for his/her condition. In addition, we wished to explore differences in European health systems, which may lead to health inequalities and health inequities within Europe. METHODS: Ten European countries took part in this investigation (in alphabetical order): Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.K. The individual participants undertook local and national enquiries within their own country and completed a questionnaire. RESULTS: This exercise has identified important differences in the management of a skin cancer patient, reflecting major disparities in health care between European countries. CONCLUSIONS: Further investigation of health disparities and efforts to address health inequalities should lead to improvements in European health care quality and reduction in morbidity from skin cancer.
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|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Titolo:||The patient journey: a report of skin cancer care across Europe|
|Autori:||Trakatelli, M; Siskou, S; Proby, C; Tiplica, Gs; Hinrichs, B; Altsitsiadis, E; Kitsou, A; Ferrandiz, L; Aquilina, S; Apap, C; Ulrich, M; Fiorentini, C; Magnoni, C; de Vries, E; Flohil, Sc; Kalokasidis, K; Moreno-Ramirez, D; Ruiz-de-Casas, A; Majewski, S; Ranki, A; Pitkanen, S; Saksela, O; Ioannides, D; Sotiriadis, D; Stockfleth, E; Epiderm, Group|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.11086.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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