Patient perspectives of diagnostic delay for suspicious oral mucosal lesions

Allen, Kristine and Farah, Camile S. (2015) Patient perspectives of diagnostic delay for suspicious oral mucosal lesions. Australian Dental Journal, 60 3: 397-403. doi:10.1111/adj.12246

Author Allen, Kristine
Farah, Camile S.
Title Patient perspectives of diagnostic delay for suspicious oral mucosal lesions
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
Publication date 2015-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/adj.12246
Volume 60
Issue 3
Start page 397
End page 403
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study aimed to investigate patient experiences regarding the discovery of and subsequent referral for suspicious oral mucosal pathology. The population under investigation were patients of an oral medicine clinic in Australia who had been referred for oral lesions suspected for malignancy.

A self-completed questionnaire gathered information regarding patient experiences and beliefs leading up to diagnosis at their review appointments.

Fifty four percent of participants knew about their mucosal pathology before referral. The highest proportion of delay occurred between self-discovery of a lesion and seeking help. Ninety one percent of self-aware participants had reason for seeking help in relation to their mucosal pathology. The three most common reasons for this was the desire for an explanation, being advised by a healthcare provider or presence of pain.

Some patients were unaware of their own oral mucosal pathology and some seek help only when worried, in pain or following advice. Practitioners should examine the oral mucosa to detect suspicious oral mucosal pathology since patients may not be aware of its existence
Keyword Mouth neoplasms
Ooral cancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
Official 2016 Collection
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