Increasing Opportunistic Oral Cancer Screening Examinations

Findings from Focus Groups with General Dentists in Puerto Rico

Walter J. Psoter, Douglas E. Morse, Melba Sánchez-Ayendez, Carmen M. Vélez Vega, Maria L. Aguilar, Carmen J. Buxó-Martinez, Jodi A. Psoter, Alexander R. Kerr, Christina M. Lane, Vincent J. Scaringi, Augusto Elias

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Abstract

This study aims to identify educational and training modalities that dentists in Puerto Rico (PR) believe will increase the quality and quantity of opportunistic oral cancer screening examinations (OCS) in dental offices on the island. The study was conducted in three phases: a systematic search of relevant literature, an expert review and consensus panel, and focus groups (FG) involving PR general dentists. To increase OCS by dentists in PR, the FG participants proposed a small group, hands-on OCS training, an integrated oral cancer course, and readily available videos, photographs, and computer simulations to further demonstrate OCS performance and facilitate differential diagnosis. OCS training requirements for licensure and re-licensure, improving OCS dentist–patient communication skills, and establishment of an oral lesion referral center were also viewed favorably. In conclusion, general dentists in our FGs believed the quality and quantity of OCS in Puerto Rico can be increased through the application of specific continuing education and training modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

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Mouth Neoplasms
Dentists
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Early Detection of Cancer
Licensure
Dental Offices
Continuing Education
Islands
Computer Simulation
Consensus
Differential Diagnosis
Referral and Consultation
Communication

Keywords

  • Cancer screening
  • Continuing education
  • Dental education
  • Dental examination
  • Focus groups
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral cancer examination
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Oncology

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Psoter, W. J., Morse, D. E., Sánchez-Ayendez, M., Vélez Vega, C. M., Aguilar, M. L., Buxó-Martinez, C. J., ... Elias, A. (2015). Increasing Opportunistic Oral Cancer Screening Examinations: Findings from Focus Groups with General Dentists in Puerto Rico. Journal of Cancer Education, 30(2), 277-283. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-014-0679-x

Increasing Opportunistic Oral Cancer Screening Examinations : Findings from Focus Groups with General Dentists in Puerto Rico. / Psoter, Walter J.; Morse, Douglas E.; Sánchez-Ayendez, Melba; Vélez Vega, Carmen M.; Aguilar, Maria L.; Buxó-Martinez, Carmen J.; Psoter, Jodi A.; Kerr, Alexander R.; Lane, Christina M.; Scaringi, Vincent J.; Elias, Augusto.

In: Journal of Cancer Education, Vol. 30, No. 2, 01.06.2015, p. 277-283.

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Psoter, WJ, Morse, DE, Sánchez-Ayendez, M, Vélez Vega, CM, Aguilar, ML, Buxó-Martinez, CJ, Psoter, JA, Kerr, AR, Lane, CM, Scaringi, VJ & Elias, A 2015, 'Increasing Opportunistic Oral Cancer Screening Examinations: Findings from Focus Groups with General Dentists in Puerto Rico', Journal of Cancer Education, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 277-283. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-014-0679-x
Psoter, Walter J. ; Morse, Douglas E. ; Sánchez-Ayendez, Melba ; Vélez Vega, Carmen M. ; Aguilar, Maria L. ; Buxó-Martinez, Carmen J. ; Psoter, Jodi A. ; Kerr, Alexander R. ; Lane, Christina M. ; Scaringi, Vincent J. ; Elias, Augusto. / Increasing Opportunistic Oral Cancer Screening Examinations : Findings from Focus Groups with General Dentists in Puerto Rico. In: Journal of Cancer Education. 2015 ; Vol. 30, No. 2. pp. 277-283.
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