People would rather see a physician than a dentist when experiencing a long-standing oral ulceration. A population-based study in Spain

  1. Pablo Ignacio Varela Centelles 1
  2. Juan Seoane 2
  3. Yaima Ulloa-Morales 2
  4. Ana Estany Gestal 3
  5. Andrés Blanco-Hortas 3
  6. María José García Pola 4
  7. Juan M. Seoane Romero 4
  1. 1 Praza do Ferrol Health Centre, EOXI Lugo, Cervo e Monforte, Galician Health Service, Spain
  2. 2 Department of Surgery and Medical-Surgical Specialities, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  3. 3 Unit of Methodology of the Research, Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Lugo University Hospital, Spain
  4. 4 Department of Surgery and Medical-Surgical Specialities, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Oviedo, Spain
Revista:
Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal. Ed. inglesa

ISSN: 1698-6946

Ano de publicación: 2020

Volume: 25

Número: 4

Páxinas: 16

Tipo: Artigo

DOI: 10.4317/MEDORAL.23292 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openAcceso aberto editor

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

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Resumo

Primary care physicians have been reported to be the first choice for patients with oral ulcerations. This study investigates the health-seeking behaviour of lay public in Galicia (North-western Spain) if experiencing a long-standing oral ulceration. Cross-sectional population-based survey of randomly selected respondents conducted from March 1, 2015 to 30 June 2016. A total of 5,727 pedestrians entered the study (response rate: 53%), mostly in the 45-64 age group (30.2%; n=1,728), 47.7% of them (n=2,729) were males. Most participants (42.1%; n=2,411) reported to visit their dentist once a year and had secondary or compulsory education as their highest educational achievement (28.18%, n=1,614; 28%, n=1,600 respectively). When questioned what they would do if they had a wound/ulceration lasting longer than 3 weeks, most participants answered they would go to see their primary care physician (62.8%; n=3,597) and less than one quarter of the sample (23.8%; n=1,371) would seek consultation with their dentist. General Galician population would seek professional consultation about a long-standing oral ulceration, relying mostly on primary care physicians. Those neglecting these lesions are elderly, less-schooled people and unaware of oral cancer.

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