Immediate knowledge increase from an oral cancer information leaflet in patients attending a primary care facility: a randomized controlled trial

Gerald Michael Humphris, RS Ireland, EA Field

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Abstract

The aim was to determine the immediate influence of a validated patient information leaflet (PIL) on oral cancer and knowledge in primary care attenders. Participants were patients (n = 800) attending their primary health carl provider from 14 general practices (eight dental and six medical) in the north west of England. Measures were a previously validated knowledge questionnaire (36 dichotomous items), self-reported dental service attendance history and demographic variables. The results showed that patients who had read the oral cancer PIL demonstrated a significant increase in knowledge regardless of clinical setting (F[1,739] = 246.24, P < 0.0001). Patients showed improvements in selecting the correct signs and risk factors associated with disease. Immediate knowledge gain from a simple PIL about oral cancer was found and independent of the primary care facility, where the PIL was distributed. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalOral Oncology
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001

Keywords

  • patient information leaflets
  • oral cancer
  • primary health care
  • UK

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