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Ethn Dis. 1997 Spring-Summer;7(2):114-20.

African-American physicians' and dentists' perceptions of smoking cessation: solo versus HMO practices.

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Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, GA 30322, USA. rbraith@sph.emory.edu

Abstract

This study sought to assess the differences in smoking cessation (SC) patient practices and attitudes of physicians and dentists by type of practice (i.e. solo versus group or health maintenance organization [HMO]). Few studies have compared demographics, attitudes, and practices between solo and group providers. The results from this survey of African-American (AA) physicians and dentists provide insights into the perceptions of SC by AA health-care providers in a Southern metropolitan area. Approximately 373 physicians and 90 dentists were mailed questionnaires along with a letter describing the purpose of the study and elements of confidentiality. Dentists and physicians reported nearly the same percentage of smoke-free offices. Physicians were more likely to report that they record information on patients' smoking status and that they counsel patients to quit. Measuring attitudes and current practices among physicians and dentists with regards to SC is essential if health promotion efforts are to have an impact among the AA population.

PMID:
9386951
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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