UK consensus recommendations on the management of oral epithelial dysplasia during COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks.

McCarthy, Caroline Elizabeth, Fedele, Stefano, Ho, Michael and Shaw, Richard ORCID: 0000-0002-5157-4042
(2021) UK consensus recommendations on the management of oral epithelial dysplasia during COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks. Oral oncology, 112. 105110 - ?.

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<h4>Objectives</h4>Oral Epithelial Dysplasia (OED) is associated with an increased risk of oral cancer development. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is necessitating the suspension or dramatic reduction of face-to-face non-urgent elective services, including OED clinics. Little is known regarding the potential impact of elective services suspension upon the risk of OED progression, and whether alternative strategies (e.g. remote consultations) may be introduced to ensure OED surveillance. The aim of this paper is to provide expert-opinion consensus recommendations for the management of OED during the current and future pandemic outbreaks.<h4>Materials and methods</h4>A working group of nine UK-based senior clinicians and academics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Medicine was created and twelve consensus statements were developed using a modified-Delphi process. Greater than 80% agreement was considered a consensus.<h4>Results</h4>Consensus was achieved for all twelve statements (89-100% agreement). The group agreed that, during the temporary suspension of elective services associated with COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks, patients with OED can be risk stratified to determine the length of accepted delay in face-to-face consultation. Remote consultations with patient-provided clinical photographs may be a useful way of maintaining a level of surveillance in this group of patients.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Using an expert working group methodology, we have developed consensus recommendations for the monitoring of individuals with OED during pandemic outbreaks associated with temporary suspension of elective services. This has identified areas of future research and highlighted the need for a stronger evidence base to inform the set-up and delivery of surveillance regimens for patients with OED.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Mouth Neoplasms, Precancerous Conditions, Consensus, Disease Outbreaks, Referral and Consultation, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2020 15:31
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2021 10:09
DOI: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2020.105110