Oral Self-screening Knowledge Dissemination Process for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders in Sanpatong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

Objectives: To create a knowledge dissemination process for oral self-screening for the detection of early oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders with the participation of village health volunteers (VHVs).

Methods: Action research with VHVs was performed in Sanpatong district, Chiang Mai province, from October 2020 to May 2021. The knowledge dissemination process consisted of five steps: (1) community analysis by in-depth interviews to identify areas of concern for oral cancer; (2) discussion with the VHV core team to develop the knowledge dissemination process; (3) production of a customized media and training program that fit the area population and VHVs; (4) purposive selection of 43 VHV trainees from 15 villages to attend the pilot program, use the media, and disseminate the knowledge in the community; (5) program evaluation by in-depth interviews and self-report questionnaires.

Results: The results indicated that VHVs showed a positive attitude toward oral cancer screening and expressed eagerness to disseminate knowledge to people in their communities. Trained VHVs learned the benefits of self-screening in the at-risk population and gained confidence in inviting people to practice oral self-screening. The key factors for program success were (1) community and oral cancer concern analysis, (2) a customized media design and training program, and (3) participation of the target group.

Conclusions: The five steps of knowledge dissemination were effective in increasing VHVs’ recognition of the benefits of early oral cancer detection and self-screening behaviors in the community.

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Saladyanant T, Chatiketu P. Oral Self-screening Knowledge Dissemination Process for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders in Sanpatong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand: Original articles. CM Dent J [Internet]. 2022 May 30 [cited 2024 Jun 16];43(2):62-71. Available from: https://www.dent.cmu.ac.th/cmdj/frontend/web/?r=site/viewarticle&id=171

Saladyanant, T. & Chatiketu, P. (2022). Oral Self-screening Knowledge Dissemination Process for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders in Sanpatong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. CM Dent J, 43(2), 62-71. Retrieved from: https://www.dent.cmu.ac.th/cmdj/frontend/web/?r=site/viewarticle&id=171

Saladyanant, T., and Chatiketu Piyanart. 2022. "Oral Self-screening Knowledge Dissemination Process for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders in Sanpatong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand." CM Dent J, 43(2), 62-71. https://www.dent.cmu.ac.th/cmdj/frontend/web/?r=site/viewarticle&id=171

Saladyanant, T. et al. 2022. 'Oral Self-screening Knowledge Dissemination Process for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders in Sanpatong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand', CM Dent J, 43(2), 62-71. Retrieved from https://www.dent.cmu.ac.th/cmdj/frontend/web/?r=site/viewarticle&id=171

Saladyanant, T. and Chatiketu, P. "Oral Self-screening Knowledge Dissemination Process for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders in Sanpatong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand", CM Dent J, vol.43, no. 2, pp. 62-71, May. 2022.

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