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Nicotine Tob Res. 2006 Feb;8(1):67-75.

Accessing adult smokers in the pediatric setting: What do parents think?

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. deborah.moss@chp.edu

Abstract

The anticipation of negative parental reaction is cited by pediatricians as a common barrier to intervening with parents who smoke. In an effort to clarify perceived versus actual parent reaction, the present study investigated the reactions of a diverse parent sample toward pediatricians addressing parental smoking in the outpatient setting. This study represents a descriptive cross-sectional in-person survey of 906 parents interviewed exiting four geographically diverse pediatric practices. Only 3% of the sample felt their smoking status was not the pediatrician's business, 89% stated they believe it is an important part of a pediatrician's job to ask about their smoking status, and 8% stated it wouldn't matter if the pediatrician asked. Demographic characteristics were associated with a positive attitude about being asked. Compared with nonsmokers, fewer smokers had positive attitudes (81% vs. 91%, p = .0002); and more highly educated parents were more strongly positive about being asked (91% vs. 83%, p = .006). Among 187 smokers, 177 (95%) would appreciate or feel okay about the physician's concern if advised to quit and 57% reported wanting some kind of smoking cessation help from the pediatrician's office. In a heterogeneous sample of parents, strong support exists for pediatricians addressing parental smoking at pediatric office visits. This finding is encouraging for pediatricians who are concerned about negative parental reaction.

PMID:
16497601
DOI:
10.1080/14622200500431809
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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