Tobacco smoking among doctors in mainland China: a study from Shandong Province and review of the literature

Smith, Derek R., Zhao, Isabella and Wang, Lina (2012) Tobacco smoking among doctors in mainland China: a study from Shandong Province and review of the literature. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 10 1: 14.1-14.6. doi:10.1186/1617-9625-10-14

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Author Smith, Derek R.
Zhao, Isabella
Wang, Lina
Title Tobacco smoking among doctors in mainland China: a study from Shandong Province and review of the literature
Journal name Tobacco Induced Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2070-7266
Publication date 2012
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1617-9625-10-14
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 14.1
End page 14.6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Essen, Germany
Publisher International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Tobacco control represents a key area in which doctors can make a significant positive impact on their patients' lives. Despite this fact, however, doctors in certain regions of China are known to smoke tobacco at rates similar to or even exceeding those seen within the general population.

. This study sought to investigate the smoking habits of doctors at a teaching hospital in Shandong province, as well as providing a brief review of smoking research that has been conducted among doctors elsewhere in China.

An anonymous questionnaire survey was distributed to doctors working at a university teaching hospital in 2008, as part of a larger study of occupational health issues in the healthcare profession.

Results: The overall smoking prevalence rate of doctors in this study was 36.3% with significant differences observed between the genders (males: 46.7% and females: 5.3%). Age and total career length were also correlated with smoking habit, although no significant associations were found with department of employment.

Conclusions: Overall, our study suggests that smoking rates among doctors in Shandong province are higher than those documented in many other countries, a finding which is consistent with previous research conducted in some other Chinese provinces. Addressing this issue from an intrinsic cultural perspective will clearly need to form the cornerstone of tobacco control efforts within the Chinese medical community in future years.
Keyword China
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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