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Smoking patterns and cessation counseling practices among physicians in Turkey

Cigdem Tekin, Gulsen Gunes, Erkay Nacar, Burak Mete, Ertan Unver.


By this study we aimed to determine the frequency of smoking of physicians, whether they evaluate their patients in terms of smoking, and their traits of 5A step method use in an attempt to provide consultancy service to their patients. The research is a descriptive study. The size of the minimum sample was determined to be 251. The survey constituted of sections which examined demographic features and the implementations of the physicians on smoking cessation and 5A practices. Twenty one percent of the physicians stated to smoke every day, 8% of them stated to smoke occasionally. Considering the familiarity with 5A practices for those cases willing to quit smoking, 20.1% of the physicians stated to be familiar, and 79.9% of them stated not to be familiar. When the 5A practices according to the specialists of the physicians are considered, while ‘pulmonology’ physicians have scored significantly the highest average point. The vast majority of physicians don’t know the implication 5A and don’t applicate the implications.

Key words: Physicians, patient, cigarette, 5A aplications, cigarette counseling

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