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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;.
Author(s): Greenwood M, Lowry RJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Dental Journal
Print publication date: 01/01/2001
ISSN (print): 0007-0610
ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
PubMed id: 11726063
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