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dc.contributor.authorJohnson, NW
dc.contributor.authorLowe, JC
dc.contributor.authorWarnakulasuriya, KAAS
dc.contributor.editorMike Grace
dc.description.abstractObjective To investigate attitudes and opinions of the members of the British Dental Association towards implementing tobacco cessation strategies in dental practices. Design and method Questions about tobacco and tobacco cessation were asked on the September 2002 BDA Omnibus survey. The survey was sent out to a random sample of 1,500 BDA members, excluding retired members, overseas members and students. After two reminder circulations, 870 completed questionnaires were received, giving a response rate of 58%. Results The survey results revealed good awareness amongst respondents of the health risks of tobacco. One fifth of respondents said that patients had asked them for advice on tobacco cessation. The majority (64%) of respondents stated that they gave advice on tobacco cessation 'fairly regularly' or 'always' (whether asked or not) and 37% of respondents recommended over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy. Overall, 68% of respondents agreed that offering patients advice about tobacco cessation was the duty of every dentist. The most common barriers to a successful tobacco cessation campaign were perceived to be the amount of time required, lack of reimbursement, lack of training, lack of patient education materials and lack of knowledge of available referral resources. Nearly all respondents (92%) said that their practice was a completely smoke-free environment, and 66% of respondents had never used tobacco. The majority of respondents displayed patient education materials in their practice waiting/reception areas less than 60% of the time, and nearly a quarter (23%) never had them available. The survey revealed that most respondents did not feel particularly well prepared to assist patients in quitting tobacco, but 70% of respondents said they would be willing to cooperate with a campaign to inform all tobacco using patients about the advantages of tobacco cessation. Respondents felt that leaflets for patients, staff training and posters in the practice would contribute to the success of the campaign. Conclusion Members of the dental team are very willing to implement tobacco cessation strategies in the dental practice. Most dentists feel that promotion of tobacco cessation is an important part of the duty of a dentist, but they feel inadequately prepared to deliver such advice. The major barriers to delivering successful tobacco cessation campaigns are the amount of time required, lack of reimbursement, lack of training, lack of patient education materials and lack of knowledge of available referral resources. The majority of dentists have received no training in tobacco cessation strategies. They feel that staff training and free availability of more patient education materials (leaflets, posters, etc) would help promote the success of such a campaign.
dc.publisherPeter Ashman
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBritish Dental Journal
dc.titleTobacco cessation activities of UK dentists in primary care: Signs of improvement
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Dentistry and Oral Health
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorJohnson, Newell W.

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