Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH; on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
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Moyer VA, OBOTUPSTF. Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med. 2012;157:59-65. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-1-201207030-00442
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Counseling burden vs benefit?
As recommendations for counseling patients increase, the number of things that can be done during a typical outpatient visit decreases.
Most USPSTF recommendations are based on how well the intervention does to save lives and prevent disease.
How many patients need to be counseled to prevent skin cancer? No idea. It could be that a million patients need to be counseled to prevent one case of skin cancer. And to prevent a death? There is no telling how many would need to be counseled.
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