Research Article| Volume 50, ISSUE 8, e115-e118, December 2012

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Patient information preferences and behaviour in relation to oral biopsies

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      Our aim was to study the impact of information on the behaviour of patients who were to have an oral biopsy specimen taken. Patients were randomly assigned either to be given the basic information about oral biopsy or a more extensive amount of information. The Krantz Health Opinion Survey was used as a measure of preferences in decisions made about oral biopsy, and we used a questionnaire to assess anxiety. A total of 260 patients were studied. The participants were satisfied with the information provided (both form and content), but significantly more of those given basic information would have liked to know more (p = 0.02). We conclude that information exerts a clear effect on patients’ attitude to oral biopsy. Provision of preoperative information leads to significantly less anxiety in all patients having a procedure under local anaesthesia. The results emphasise that patients need to be adequately informed about oral biopsy.


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