Oral education is inadequate
- By: Manjulika Das
Medical students receive inadequate education on common oral diseases, and their diagnoses of oral disorders are poor, research in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery claims (2005;43: 61-4).
Only half of the UK medical schools that responded teach oral pathology. And only 28% of medical staff could diagnose cases of oral diseases properly, compared with 89% of dentists.
Researchers investigated whether UK medical students, doctors, and dentists could appropriately diagnose, investigate, manage, and refer common diseases of the mouth. Diseases included geographic tongue, primary herpetic gingivostomatitis, squamous cell carcinoma, Stevens Johnson syndrome, HIV associated Kaposi's sarcoma, and oral hairy leukoplakia. The researchers were led by Patrick McCann of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery at York District Hospital.
They gave clinical photographs, short medical histories, and a questionnaire to 48 emergency department doctors and 22 dental staff affiliated to Glasgow hospitals. The questionnaire asked about the diagnosis,