Villa, Alessandro (2013) Dental patients’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to oral cancer: the need of a nation-wide oral cancer prevention program. Doctoral Thesis.
Aim: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the oral cancer (OC) knowledge, including risk factors and clinical symptoms, among patients attending Dental Departments within large Italian University hospitals. Methods: 2200 questionnaires were sent to four hospitals in order to assess patients’ knowledge regarding epidemiological and clinical features of oral cancer; oral cancer knowledge was assessed overall and stratified by oral cancer family history. Associations between exposures of interest such as positive family history, hospital, education level, oral hygiene and our outcomes (oral cancer knowledge and oral cancer education) were evaluated by the use of logistic regression models to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs).
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