Turkish dentists' knowledge of head and neck cancer therapy-related complications: implications for the future

Gueneri P. , Cankaya H. , Kaya A., Boyacioglu H.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE, vol.17, pp.84-92, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00813.x
  • Page Numbers: pp.84-92


The objective was to determine the level of knowledge about the orodental complications and their prevention/management in head and neck cancer therapy. Materials and methods: A 15-item questionnaire which was obtained from National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that contained information about the orodental complications of the cancer therapy and the dentists' role to provide their treatment protocols. The pollsters visited 380 respondents, and the replies were analysed with stratified and logistic data analyses. Overall correct replies ranged from 14.71% to 99.5%. The participants knew the basic knowledge of the complications of cancer therapy; however, they failed to answer to the questions about the required clinical practices. The gender (P = 0.967), age (P = 0.977) and the duration of practice (P = 0.99) were not significant factors in providing correct replies. The rate of correct replies were not different among the test groups (P = 0.953). As a conclusion, rectification of dental curricula, organization of postgraduation courses, foundation of national councils for stimulation of the healthcare providers to incorporate knowledge into practice, to monitor the continuity of those programmes, and to award the dental practitioners who keep up the recent literature and optimal clinical practice are vital to improve the life quality of cancer patients.