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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(4): 458-461

Readiness to Quit Addiction! : A Study among Patients Attending Tertiary Care Hospital in Western India

Chandresh M Pandya, Kedar G Mehta, Dipak M Solanki.

"Introduction: Tobacco use has been an important public health problem in India. Information related to addiction habits among patients visiting GMERS Gotri General Hospital is scarce. Hence, it is necessary to know these habits and patients’ readiness to quit for strengthening de-addiction services in this set up.
Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted among outpatients of GMERS Gotri Hospital from 30th May - 6th June 2015 using a pretested semistructured questionnaire. Data was entered and analysed using Epi Info Software.
Results: Out of 626 addictive patients registered, half of them were in the middle age group and from rural areas. The most common form of addiction was tobacco chewing (66.4%) followed by smoking (32.7%) and alcohol (19.4%). 68.4% of these patients showed readiness to quit.
Conclusion: Moreover, majority of patients were ready to quit addiction, so there is a need to strengthen the available de-addiction services in this tertiary care hospital.

Key words: Tobacco, alcohol, addiction, readiness to quit, India

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