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Pediatricians' Practices Regarding Smoking Cessation Among Parents of their Patients

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Objective: To assess pediatricians' use of the 5A's for smoking cessation among the parents of their patients. Methods: A random sample of Ohio pediatricians (n=153) completed a mail survey on smoking cessation activities. Results: Most pediatricians (80) regularly asked their patients' parents about their smoking status. The majority always or usually implemented 2 of the 5 steps of the 5A's. Respondents perceived using the 5A's would result in fewer parents smoking but were less confident they could implement all of the 5A's. Conclusions: Pediatricians need more training to better prepare them to assist parents in quitting smoking.

Keywords: 5A's; adolescents; nicotine replacement therapy; pediatricians; smoking cessation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 2: Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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