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

Indian J Public Health. Jul-Sep 2004;48(3):144-6.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries
  • Humans
  • Physicians*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco