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Author Thankappan, K. R. ♦ Pradeepkumar, A. S. ♦ Nichter, M.
Source Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
Content type Text
Publisher Indian Journal of Medical Research
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Incidence & prevention of disease
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms ♦ Psychiatry and Psychology ♦ Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services ♦ Health Care
Subject Keyword Public Health
Abstract Background & objectives: Several studies have shown that health professionals' advice for tobacco cessation to tobacco users enhances quit rate. Little is known about doctor's present tobacco cessation efforts in India. We examined doctors' reported inquiry into patient's use of tobacco and assessed their perceived need for training in tobacco cessation.Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Kerala to collect information on doctor's practices, skills and perceived need for training in tobacco cessation. Pre-tested structured questionnaires were distributed in person to 432 male and 89 female doctors, of whom 264 male and 75 female doctors responded.Results: One third of all the doctors surveyed reported that they always ask patients about tobacco use, three fourths advise all patients routinely to quit irrespective of the smoking status of patients and one tenth offered useful information on how to quit. About 15 per cent reported they received information from medical representatives, 32 per cent reported they had sufficient training and 80 per cent expressed interest in receiving training to help smokers quit. Majority of all doctors surveyed most commonly asked and advised patients to quit tobacco when patients had lung, heart, mouth disease or cancer.Interpretation & conclusions: Most doctors inquired about tobacco use from a minority of their patients, though many reported to advise patients about quitting even without inquiring about their tobacco use status. There are several missed opportunities to promote quitting at a time when patients are motivated to listen.
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Educational Framework Medical Council of India (MCI)
Volume Number 129
Issue Number 3
Page Count 7
Starting Page 249
Ending Page 255