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BMC Oral Health. 2007 Oct 11;7:13.

Patterns and correlates of tobacco control behavior among american association of pediatric dentistry members: a cross-sectional national study.

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  • 1Dept of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences, University of California, San Francisco 3333 California Street, Suite 495, San Francisco, CA 94143-1361, USA. stuart.gansky@ucsf.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To determine the tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, and practice behaviors among US pediatric dentists.

METHODS:

A survey was conducted in 1998 among a national, random sample of 1500 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry members. Chi-square tests and logistic regression with odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals assessed factors related to pediatric dentists' tobacco control behaviors.

RESULTS:

Response was 65% for the survey. Only 12% of respondents had prior tobacco prevention/cessation training. Of those untrained, 70% were willing to be trained. Less than two-thirds correctly answered any of four tobacco-related knowledge items. Over one-half agreed pediatric dentists should engage in tobacco control behaviors, but identified patient resistance as a barrier. About 24% of respondents reported always/often asking their adolescent patients about tobacco use; 73% reported always/often advising known tobacco users to quit; and 37% of respondents always/often assisting with stopping tobacco use. Feeling prepared to perform tobacco control behaviors (ORs = 1.9-2.8), a more positive attitude score (4 points) from 11 tobacco-related items (ORs = 1.5-1.8), and a higher statewide tobacco use prevalence significantly predicted performance of tobacco control behaviors.

CONCLUSION:

Findings suggest thatraining programs on tobacco use and dependence treatment in the pediatric dental setting may be needed to promote tobacco control behaviors for adolescent patients.

PMID:
17931425
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PMCID:
PMC2174452
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