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AuthorJboor, Diana H.
AuthorAl-Darwish, Mohammed S.
AuthorNur, Ula.
Available date2020-06-02T08:17:30Z
Publication Date2019
Publication NameDentistry Journal
ISSN23046767
URIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3390/dj7020043
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/14992
AbstractObjectives: The aim of this study was to assess existing knowledge on oral cancer (OC), attitude toward OC examination, and clinical practice among dentists practicing in the governmental health sector in the State of Qatar, including the influence of personal characteristics. Materials and Methods: All 271 dentists practicing in Primary Health Care Centers (PHCC) and the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) were invited to participate in this cross-sectional study. Of these, 177 completed a self-administered, 48-item questionnaire. Based on the responses, knowledge of the risk factors for and clinical presentation of OC was categorized as high, medium, or low, and then further separated into satisfactory (medium/high) and unsatisfactory (low). Information on attitudes toward OC examination and clinical practice was also taken from the questionnaire. Results: The mean score for knowledge of the clinical presentation of OC was 7.59 (standard deviation [SD] = 2.40) out of 14. The mean score for knowledge of the risk factors for OC was 8.96 (SD = 2.31) out of 16. Dentists with ?10 years of experience were more likely to have satisfactory knowledge of OC compared to dentists with >15 years of experience. Attending a continuous professional development (CPD) course on OC showed a trend with satisfactory clinical knowledge, although it was not statistically significant. Conclusion: This study identified gaps in dentists' knowledge of OC; dentists demonstrated unsatisfactory knowledge of the clinical presentation of and risk factors for OC. The findings highlighted the need for educational interventions on OC, which are essential to improving health care outcomes and delivery of care. - 2019 by the Authors.
SponsorAcknowledgments: This research was supported by a student grant QUST-1-CHS-2018-13 from the Qatar University Office of Research Support. My gratitude goes to Hanan Abdul Rahim, Head of the Department of Public Health College of Health Sciences, for her guidance; Asmaa AlKhatib, Manager of the Oral Health Division of the PHCC, and Khouloud Zidan for their help during data collection; and all the dentists who participated in this survey.
Languageen
PublisherMDPI Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
SubjectAttitude
SubjectContinuous professional development courses
SubjectDentists
SubjectKnowledge
SubjectOral cancer
SubjectPractice
SubjectQatar
TitleOral cancer knowledge, attitude, and practice of dentists in the state of Qatar
TypeArticle
Issue Number2
Volume Number7


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