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Primary care clinicians' knowledge of oral cancer: A study of dentists and doctors in the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Greenwood, Dr Ray Lowry


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Objective To compare the knowledge of oral cancer and related issues of general dental and general medical practitioners (GDPs and GMPs). Design A questionnaire was sent to 420 primary care clinicians, half to dentists and half to doctors. Responses to the questionnaire were analysed using odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). Results The response rate was 68.1% for GDPs and 71.9% for GMPs. Dental practitioners were significantly more likely to have diagnosed cases of oral cancer than medical practitioners (OR = 2.68, 95% CI 1.6, 4.4). Important differences arose between the groups in terms of risk factor knowledge and clinical examination. Conclusion This study demonstrates that whilst the knowledge level of both groups is generally good, there are some discrepancies. These relate mainly to risk factor knowledge and clinical examination techniques. © British Dental Journal 2001;.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Greenwood M, Lowry RJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2001

Volume: 191

Issue: 9

Pages: 510-512

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4801219

PubMed id: 11726063


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