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Hosseini S M, Bagheri F, Farahmand F, Heydari A, Khorasani E. Dental students' knowledge of preventing, early detecting and referring patients suffering from oral cancer . jdm. 2017; 29 (4) :262-270
URL: http://jdm.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5568-en.html

1- Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2- Dentist, Khorasgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Isfahan, Iran
3- MSc of Medical Education, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4- PhD Student in Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Administration, School of Pharmacy, Students’ Scientific Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (1578 Views)

Background and Aims: Nowadays, oral cancer is considered one of the most important diseases related to oral health. The objective of the present study was to determine the dental students’ knowledge in Isfahan about oral cancer and the comparison of the level of students' knowledge in different years of education.

Materials and Methods: The present study was a cross-sectional-analytical one conducted in 2013. The population of study included the dental students of private and state University of Isfahan which 255 students were randomly selected. The data were collected using questionnaire and were then analyzed using SPSS software program and Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney.

Results: From private and public dental schools in Isfahan, 56% and 44% of dental students were involved. Regarding performing routine clinical oral examination, 81% of the participants answered positively, which showed no significant difference among the years of education of the participants (P=0.116). Regarding the examination of patients with oral lesions, 46% of them answered positively, which the difference between the years of education was highly significant (P≤0.001).

Conclusion: The findings of the research indicated that the level of knowledge of dental students of Isfahan city regarding the detection of oral lesions was not sufficient. Although, the students did not perform common examinations for exploring oral cancer, they did not have sufficient knowledge regarding some of the risk factors and oral lesions related to cancer. Therefore, it is necessary that a comprehensive curriculum be developed in this regard for their education.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: general
Received: 2017/01/29 | Accepted: 2017/01/29 | Published: 2017/01/29

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