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Am J Public Health. 1997 Aug;87(8):1341-5.

Screening for adolescent smoking among primary care physicians in California.

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Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco 94143, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study determined how often primary care physicians ask adolescents about smoking.

METHODS:

We surveyed a stratified random sample of community-based, board-certified California physicians, using a mailed questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Overall, physicians (n = 343; 77% response rate) screened younger adolescents for regular smoking during 71.4% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 67.9, 74.9) of routine physical exams and older adolescents during 84.8% (95% CI = 82.3, 87.4) of such visits. For acute-care visits, the screening rates were 24.4% (95% CI = 20.6, 28.1) for younger and 40.2% (95% CI = 36.4, 44.0) for older adolescents. Physicians asked 18.2% (95% CI = 15.2, 21.3) of younger and 35.6% (95% CI = 32.0, 39.1) of older adolescents about experimental smoking. Screening varied by specialty.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data imply that physicians are missing opportunities to screen adolescents for smoking.

PMID:
9279272
PMCID:
PMC1381097
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.87.8.1341
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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