About the study

MelaTools-Q was the first in a series of studies in the MelaTools programme that aims to help patients to recognise and assess potentially suspicious pigmented skin lesions (usually moles).

The aim of MelaTools-Q was to measure the prevalence of people at increased melanoma risk in an East of England general practice population. Ten general practices from Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire participated.

People aged 20 years and over attending the general practice as a patient or companion were invited to take part. Researchers approached people in the reception area and asked them to complete a short electronic questionnaire on a tablet computer. These were questions from an existing melanoma clinical risk estimation tool, as well as some personal questions.


The study is currently being written up for publication in peer-reviewed academic and scientific journals.