- Scotland, Great Britain
- GR Ogden
- Br Dent J, June 24, 2006; 200(12): 675
The 2003/04 West of Scotland Cancer Awareness Programme oral cancer campaign was designed to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer. The objectives of this study were to explore general dental practitioners’ (GDPs) awareness and perceptions of the campaign, and its impact on local dental practices.
A self-completing questionnaire was sent to GDPs in the West of Scotland (N = 983) at the conclusion of the public awareness campaign.
A response rate of 68.6% was achieved. Most dentists (92%) had heard of the campaign and a large percentage had displayed the promotional materials in their practice. The majority of respondents rated the campaign materials, including a television advertisement, in a very positive manner. Over 40% of dentists reported that, during the active phase of the campaign, patients had asked for information concerning the programme, and 66% indicated that registered patients had asked for advice regarding a specific lesion. Additionally, 41% of dentists reported non-registered patients had attended asking for advice regarding a ‘worrying’ lesion. Over 60% of dentists had referred a patient during the campaign and 40% of these practitioners indicated an increased referral rate during this period.
Most respondents were positive in their assessment of the campaign and reported an increased awareness of oral cancer among patients.