Journal of Dental Research and Review

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7--11

Awareness, attitudes, and practices related to oral potentially malignant disorders and oral cancer among indigenous medicine practitioners in the Western Province, Sri Lanka


Prasanna Jayasekara1, Priyanga A Gamage2, Pemith R Liyanage3, Nilanthi T Kossinna1 
1 Institute of Oral Health, Ministry of Health, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 Dental Services Unit, Ministry of Health, Colombo, Sri Lanka
3 Oral Pathology Unit, National Dental Hospital (Teaching), Colombo, Sri Lanka

Correspondence Address:
Prasanna Jayasekara
Institute of Oral Health, Ministry of Health
Sri Lanka

Introduction: Oral cancer is a major public health problem in Sri Lanka. Health-care professionals have an important responsibility in control of oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMDs) and oral cancer. Since a considerable number of patients in Sri Lanka seek treatment from indigenous medicine practitioners (IMPs) for common oral conditions, they can be utilized for oral cancer control program. Aims: The aim of this study was to assess awareness, attitudes, and practices related to OPMDs and oral cancers among IMPs of government Ayurveda health-care centers in the Western Province, Sri Lanka. Subjects and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 338 of IMPs working in government Ayurveda health-care centers in the Western Province, Sri Lanka, from July 2018 to October 2018. A self-administered questionnaire was used to assess the awareness, attitudes, and practices. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test were used to detect associations with 0.05 significance level. Results: The response rate was 89.6%. Most of IMPs (63.7%) possessed satisfactory awareness, while 64.4% of IMPs had positive attitudes regarding OPMDs and oral cancer. Majority (83.5%) believed that lime in betel quid contains carcinogens. Majority of them were willing to do opportunistic screening (90.7%) and they considered it as their responsibility (92.1%). Only 41.3% of the IMPs examine oral cavity routinely and 55.5% of them advice patients regarding risk factors of OPMDs and oral cancer. Conclusions: Majority of IMPs possessed satisfactory overall awareness and positive attitudes regarding OPMDs and oral cancer. However, practices of IMPs related to OPMDs and oral cancer need to improve.


How to cite this article:
Jayasekara P, Gamage PA, Liyanage PR, Kossinna NT. Awareness, attitudes, and practices related to oral potentially malignant disorders and oral cancer among indigenous medicine practitioners in the Western Province, Sri Lanka.J Dent Res Rev 2021;8:7-11


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Jayasekara P, Gamage PA, Liyanage PR, Kossinna NT. Awareness, attitudes, and practices related to oral potentially malignant disorders and oral cancer among indigenous medicine practitioners in the Western Province, Sri Lanka. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Apr 21 ];8:7-11
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