Designing a tablet-based intervention to support self-checking for melanoma

Matt Dennis, Judith Masthoff, Kirsten A. Smith, Peter Murchie, Susan Hall

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In this paper, we describe the development of a tablet-based e-health app to help those previously treated for melanoma check their skin for recurrent or new melanomas. We present the results of a longitudinal pilot study, conducted in Scotland over six months with 20 patients previously diagnosed with melanoma. The app provided instructions on how to perform Total Skin Self-Examinations (TSSE), a set of high resolution photographs of their skin for comparison, and the facility to send information and photographs of suspicious skin changes directly to a nurse specialist. We investigate patients' experiences of this type of intervention and outline insights into the development of future e-health apps which encourage self-checking behaviours.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDH '15
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Digital Health 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334921
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Digital Health, DH 2015 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 18 May 201520 May 2015


Conference5th International Conference on Digital Health, DH 2015


  • eHealth Interventions
  • Melanoma
  • Self-Checking
  • RCUK
  • EP/G066051/1


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