Knowledge of oral cancer and preventive attitudes of Spanish dentists. Primary effects of a pilot educational intervention

  1. Juan Manuel Seoane Lestón
  2. José Velo Noya
  3. Saman Warnakulasuriya
  4. Pablo Ignacio Varela Centelles
  5. Antonio González Mosquera
  6. Manuel Alfonso Villa Vigil
  7. Francisco Javier Rodríguez Lozano
  8. Pedro Diz Dios
Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal. Ed. inglesa

ISSN: 1698-6946

Ano de publicación: 2010

Volume: 15

Número: 3

Páxinas: 1

Tipo: Artigo

DOI: 10.4317/MEDORAL.15.E422 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openAcceso aberto editor

Outras publicacións en: Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal. Ed. inglesa


Objective: To assess the knowledge and preventive attitudes that Spanish dentists have towards oral cancer, before and after an educational intervention. Methods: A quasi-experimental study based on a nationwide intervention. All Spanish dentists were offered an on-site course on oral cancer. An individual questionnaire was administered before and after attending the course. The main outcome measures were systematic examination of the oral cavity, promotion of healthy habits and knowledge of clinical aspects. Results: 440 GDPs entered the study. Age: 40.7±10.7, range 21-74. Professional experience: 13.9±8.9 years, range 0-45. Of those who participated in the study, 53.1% had never attended a course on oral cancer, 72.4% stated that they perform a systematic examination of the oral mucosa, 88.2% provided systematic counselling on tobacco cessation, and 54.7% reported that they did the same for alcohol. In addition, 32.3% advised patients to eat fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants. Professional experience was significantly associated with oral mucosa systematic examination (t= 2.9; p=0.003), advice on alcohol consumption (t=5.0; p=0.000), and on fruit and vegetable intake (t=5.1; p<0.001). None of these practices were specifically associated with knowledge on oral cancer. All areas of knowledge examined showed statistically significant improvement after the educational intervention. Conclusions: The intervention appears to have improved the GDP´s knowledge, confirming the importance of this national campaign.