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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 144-146

Tobacco control practices by medical doctors in developing world; a questionnaire study

1 School of Preventive Oncology, Patna, India
2 Healis Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai, India

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Dhirendra N Sinha
School of Preventive Oncology, A/27, Anandpuri, West Boring Canal Road, Patna-800 001, BIHAR
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 15709602

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Aim : To know about the tobacco control practices by medical doctors in Bihar, India. Settings & design : All medical doctors in Bihar, India. Two stage sampling with probability propotional to the number of doctors in the districts was used. Method : Anonymous survey was conducted on structured questionnaire. Statistical analysis : SUDAAN; and Epi-Info. Results : Most of the doctors were government doctors. Most doctors (>75%) reported either for no policy or partial policy in health settings however over 2/3rd of medical doctors felt need for their training on tobacco cessation. Most of the doctors did not take tobacco history (60-80%). Conclusion : Medical doctors in Bihar need to be trained for tobacco cessation. Smoking needs to be enforced vigorously in health sector to protect patients and doctors.

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