Dental prosthetist experience with oral mucosal screening and referral

Allen, Kristine and Farah, Camile S. (2014) Dental prosthetist experience with oral mucosal screening and referral. Quintessence International, 45 10: 891-897. doi:10.3290/j.qi.a32512

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Author Allen, Kristine
Farah, Camile S.
Title Dental prosthetist experience with oral mucosal screening and referral
Journal name Quintessence International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-6572
Publication date 2014-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3290/j.qi.a32512
Open Access Status
Volume 45
Issue 10
Start page 891
End page 897
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hanover Park, IL United States
Publisher Quintessence Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: This study aimed to investigate dental prosthetists' experiences with screening and referral for suspicious oral mucosal pathology.

Method and Materials: Questionnaires regarding oral mucosal screening and referral were mailed to 300 randomly selected dental prosthetists in Australia for selfcompletion. Non-responders were sent replacement questionnaires up to three times, according to the Dillman method.

Results: A total of 179 prosthetists returned completed questionnaires resulting in a response rate of 64.9% after excluding 24 due to incorrectly listed addresses. Most participants reported that they checked all new patients for oral mucosal pathology (99.4%) and most reported that they checked all recall patients for mucosal pathology (86%). Most participants had detected a suspicious lesion (86%) and most had referred for a suspicious lesion (77.3%).

Conclusion: Australian dental prosthetists appear motivated to perform oral mucosal screening and will refer suspicious oral mucosal pathology when detected.
Keyword Diagnosis
Mouth cancer
Oral mucosal pathology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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School of Dentistry Publications
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