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Conference Paper: Hong Kong Doctor's Views of the Periodontal Health-General Health Link

TitleHong Kong Doctor's Views of the Periodontal Health-General Health Link
Authors
KeywordsCardiovascular disease
Cross-professional
Diabetes
Periodontal disease and Pregnancy
Issue Date2012
PublisherSage Publications, Inc.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201925
Citation
The Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Southeast Asian Division, Hong Kong, China, 3-4 November 2012. In Journal of Dental Research, 2012, v. 91 n. Special Issue C: abstract no. 169574 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground & Objectives: Emerging evidence shows that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of systemic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Considering the strong link between oral health and general health, it would be therefore interesting to know if our medical colleagues are aware of the link of periodontal diseases to systemic disorders and the relevant clinical implications. This study aimed to investigate i) the views of Hong Kong medical doctors on the relationship between oral/periodontal health and general health; ii) how often and what common oral problems medical practitioners may encounter in their daily practice; iii) the views of co-management of patients with both oral/ periodontal diseases and systemic diseases; and iv) the factors that may influence their concerns on referral, such as the nature of practice, training background and continuing education. Methods: A questionnaire was sent by mail to medical doctors who were randomly selected from the full registered residential list of the Hong Kong Medical Council. A total of 800 registered doctors were included in the study. Results: 191 questionnaires were returned. Of them, 68.6% of the subjects (131/191) had not received any basic dental education during their undergraduate training, and less than 10% received some continuous medical education associated with dentistry. 84.3% of the doctors (161/191) had encountered patients seeking consultations for their oral health problems. 82.2% (157/191) would refer patients with both diabetes mellitus and periodontal disease to a dentist, and 87.9% (168/191) would refer pregnant patients with periodontal disease to a dentist. Conclusions: While dentists and doctors should co-manage patients at risk from systemic-periodontal interrelations, medical doctors could benefit from continuing medical education on this aspect of their practice. This would be beneficial to patients in managing both oral/periodontal health and general health.
DescriptionSession: Education Research
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/182057
ISSN
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dc.contributor.authorChan, BWHen_US
dc.contributor.authorCorbet, EFen_US
dc.contributor.authorJin, Len_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-17T07:20:42Z-
dc.date.available2013-04-17T07:20:42Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Southeast Asian Division, Hong Kong, China, 3-4 November 2012. In Journal of Dental Research, 2012, v. 91 n. Special Issue C: abstract no. 169574en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-0345-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/182057-
dc.descriptionSession: Education Research-
dc.description.abstractBackground & Objectives: Emerging evidence shows that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of systemic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Considering the strong link between oral health and general health, it would be therefore interesting to know if our medical colleagues are aware of the link of periodontal diseases to systemic disorders and the relevant clinical implications. This study aimed to investigate i) the views of Hong Kong medical doctors on the relationship between oral/periodontal health and general health; ii) how often and what common oral problems medical practitioners may encounter in their daily practice; iii) the views of co-management of patients with both oral/ periodontal diseases and systemic diseases; and iv) the factors that may influence their concerns on referral, such as the nature of practice, training background and continuing education. Methods: A questionnaire was sent by mail to medical doctors who were randomly selected from the full registered residential list of the Hong Kong Medical Council. A total of 800 registered doctors were included in the study. Results: 191 questionnaires were returned. Of them, 68.6% of the subjects (131/191) had not received any basic dental education during their undergraduate training, and less than 10% received some continuous medical education associated with dentistry. 84.3% of the doctors (161/191) had encountered patients seeking consultations for their oral health problems. 82.2% (157/191) would refer patients with both diabetes mellitus and periodontal disease to a dentist, and 87.9% (168/191) would refer pregnant patients with periodontal disease to a dentist. Conclusions: While dentists and doctors should co-manage patients at risk from systemic-periodontal interrelations, medical doctors could benefit from continuing medical education on this aspect of their practice. This would be beneficial to patients in managing both oral/periodontal health and general health.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications, Inc.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201925-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Dental Researchen_US
dc.rightsJournal of Dental Research. Copyright © Sage Publications, Inc..-
dc.subjectCardiovascular disease-
dc.subjectCross-professional-
dc.subjectDiabetes-
dc.subjectPeriodontal disease and Pregnancy-
dc.titleHong Kong Doctor's Views of the Periodontal Health-General Health Linken_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailCorbet, EF: efcorbet@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailJin, L: ljjin@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.issueSpecial Issue C: abstract no. 169574en_US
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