Oral cancer prevention and early detection: using the PRECEDE-PROCEED framework to guide the training of health professional students

J Cancer Educ. 2007 Winter;22(4):250-3. doi: 10.1007/BF03174125.


Background: Teaching cancer prevention and detection is important in health professional education. It is desirable to select a comprehensive framework for teaching oral cancer (OC) prevention and detection skills.

Methods: The PRECEDE-PROCEED model was used to design a randomized pretest and posttest study of the OC prevention and detection skills of dental students (n = 104). OC knowledge, opinions, and competencies were evaluated.

Results: Second year students in the intervention group were more competent than those in the control group.

Conclusions: The novel use of PRECEDE-PROCEED sets a precedent for designing a standardized OC curriculum for a wide range of health professional disciplines.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Dental*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational
  • Mouth Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Mouth Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Students, Dental*
  • Time Factors