Journal article

Oral cancer screening practices of oral health professionals in Australia

Rodrigo Marino, Satoru Haresaku, Roisin McGrath, Denise Bailey, Michael Mccullough, Ross Musolino, Boaz Kim, Alagesan Chinnassamy, Michael Morgan

BMC ORAL HEALTH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To evaluate oral cancer-related screening practices of Oral Health Professionals (OHPs - dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, and oral health therapists) practising in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: A 36-item survey was distributed to 3343 OHPs. Items included socio-demographic and work-related characteristics; self-assessed knowledge of oral cancer; perceived level of confidence in discussing oral health behaviors with patients; oral cancer screening practices; and self-evaluated need for additional training on screening procedures for oral cancer. RESULTS: A total of 380 OHPs responded this survey, achieving an overall response rate of 9.4%. Forty-five were excluded f..

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