SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES IN DENTISTRIES ON PREVENTIVE ORAL TREATMENTS TO ONCOLOGICAL PATIENTS OF HEAD AND NECK

Blanca E. Estrada Esquivel, Rogelio González Correa, Elsa Deni Pérez Hernández

Abstract


The specific competencies of professionals in all disciplines, they are the ones that allow you to compete successfully in the labor field when they apply knowledge and skills in a relevant way, to respond correctly to the changes demanded by society, in different areas. For the area of health, specifically dentistry, the professional must apply or combine the “four knowledge” to develop a successful professional practice, which allows him to generate clinical competence. Because of the increase in the incidence of cancer patients worldwide that has been inevitable; as well as the sequelae that occur at the oral level when they undergo radiotherapy treatment at the head and/or neck level.

In the present investigation, the competencies that dentists currently have to perform preventive treatments for this group of the cancer population were quantified. The information was collected from the direct source (the Dentists), through a questionnaire-type instrument and an Unstructured, Evaluative interview. The most significant results of a population of 125 dentists interviewed from the city of Puebla in Mexico, it was found that only .88% have the skills in an excellent way, 52.52% do not have them to perform preventive treatments in the radiated patient. The main conclusion indicated that the specific competences of Dentists are very limited and all respondents showed interest in a permanent update on the subject.

Keywords


Specific competencies, Oral sequelae, Preventive oral treatment, Head and neck radiation therapy.

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