Introduction

Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Services (LMICS) invites you to participate in a seven-minute survey on dentists' cancer knowledge and practice in the Loddon Mallee Region (LMR), particularly related to oral cancer. 

LMICS is the Service Improvement Network for cancer in the LMR.  Cancer is both an acute and chronic disease experienced by many people in the LMR with over 2,300 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2017.  The majority of patients in the LMR receive treatment for Head and Neck cancer in Melbourne. This often includes pre and post treatment dental care either in the private sector or at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac).

Through this survey LMICS aims to learn more about dentists' knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding cancer and dental care and whether they want additional training.  LMICS will also find out if dentists are interested in being listed in a service directory that cancer clinicians can access for referral purposes.

Attitudes and training information provided in this survey will be anonymous.  No individual will be identifiable unless they voluntarily provide their contact details.  A report may be published on the LMICS website at www.lmics.org.au or will be available on request. 

If you have further questions, please email Cheryl Martin, c.martin@bendigohealth.org.au

All questions in the survey refer to cancer as a generalised illness unless specific reference to a type of cancer is made.

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* 1. Would you like to participate in any local education sessions to increase your knowledge and clinical practice with cancer patients?

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* 2. Please advise if you would like to be listed in a local Dental Service Directory as someone Cancer Specialists can refer patients to and at which level (select all that apply)?

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* 3. If you answered yes to any part of Q2, please enter your contact details.  Alternatively, if you wish for your survey response to be anonymous, please send your contact details to c.martin@bendigohealth.org.au and continue on with the remainder of the survey.

Optional contact details

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* 4. How frequently do you see patients with cancer during the following stages?

  Never Annually Monthly Weekly Unsure
When undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other active systemic treatment
Pre or post chemotherapy, radiotherapy or any other active systemic treatment
When cancer treatment completed and living with treatment effects
When referred to me from Peter Mac

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* 5. As a dentist, do you think providing dental care to people pre, during or post treatment for cancer is:

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* 6. In general, do you feel adequately equipped to provide dental care to people who have cancer and are in the following types of active treatment:

  Absolutely Mostly Sometimes No
Chemotherapy
Radiotherapy
Immunotherapy
Head and neck pre and post-surgery

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* 7. Please indicate your level of awareness and confidence in referring oral cancer patients to the follow health professional/health services:

  Excellent Good Fair Low Very low
Cancer clinicians such as medical and radiation oncologists and surgeons
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
Peter Mac dental services
General Practitioners
Allied health such as dietitians or speech pathologists

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* 8. Please indicate how often you refer oral cancer patients to the following health professionals/health services:

  Never Annually Monthly Weekly Unsure
Cancer clinicians such as medical and radiation oncologists and surgeons
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
Oral medicine specialists
Peter Mac dental services
General Practitioners
Allied health such as dietitians or speech pathologists

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* 9. Would you like to tell us anything else related to this topic of dentists working in the cancer space?

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