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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

Publication:
November/December 2014
Volume 45 , Issue 10

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Dental prosthetist experience with oral mucosal screening and referral

Allen, Kristine / Farah, Camile S.

Pages: 891-897
PMID: 25126631
DOI: 10.3290/j.qi.a32512

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.

Keywords: diagnosis, mouth cancer, oral mucosal pathology, prosthetist, referral, screening

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