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Am J Public Health. 2014 Aug;104(8):e67-75. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302049. Epub 2014 Jun 12.

A comparison of cessation counseling received by current smokers at US dentist and physician offices during 2010-2011.

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The authors are with the Center for Global Tobacco Control, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. Olalekan A. Ayo-Yusuf is also with the Office of the Dean/Director, School of Oral Health Sciences, University of Limpopo, MEDUNSA campus, Pretoria, South Africa.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We compared patient-reported receipt of smoking cessation counseling from US dentists and physicians.

METHODS:

We analyzed the 2010 to 2011 Tobacco Use Supplement of the Current Population Survey to assess receipt of smoking cessation advice and assistance by a current smoker from a dentist or physician in the past 12 months.

RESULTS:

Current adult smokers were significantly less likely to be advised to quit smoking during a visit to a dentist (31.2%) than to a physician (64.8%). Among physician patients who were advised to quit, 52.7% received at least 1 form of assistance beyond the simple advice to quit; 24.5% of dental patients received such assistance (Pā€‰<ā€‰.05). Approximately 9.4 million smokers who visited a dentist in 2010 to 2011 did not receive any cessation counseling.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results indicate a need for intensified efforts to increase dentist involvement in cessation counseling. System-level changes, coupled with regular training, may enhance self-efficacy of dentists in engaging patients in tobacco cessation counseling.

PMID:
24922172
PMCID:
PMC4103246
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2014.302049
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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