The effectiveness of toluidine blue dye as an adjunct to oral cancer screening in general dental practice

Gray M, Gold L, Burls A, Elley K
Record ID 32001000063
Authors' objectives:

This report aims to assess how effective and cost-effective the use of Toluidine Blue dye is as an adjunct to oral cancer screening in primary care.

Authors' recomendations: There is no evidence to suggest that Toluidine Blue is a cost-effective method of picking up oral cancers in a primary care setting. Given the large number of people that will have false positive rates for a first positive test and even a double positive test, the harm of using it in terms of anxiety could well outweigh the benefits in terms of additional cancers detected.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Mass Screening
  • Mouth Neoplasms
Organisation Name: West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration
Contact Address: Elaena Donald-Lopez, West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT Tel: +44 121 414 7450; Fax: +44 121 414 7878
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Copyright: University of Birmingham
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