Doctors' behaviour & skills for tobacco cessation in Kerala

Indian J Med Res. 2009 Mar;129(3):249-55.


Background & objective: Several studies have shown that health professionals' advice for tobacco cessation to tobacco users enhances quit rate. Little is known about doctor's present tobacco cessation efforts in India. We examined doctors' reported inquiry into patient's use of tobacco and assessed their perceived need for training in tobacco cessation.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Kerala to collect information on doctor's practices, skills and perceived need for training in tobacco cessation. Pre-tested structured questionnaires were distributed in person to 432 male and 89 female doctors, of whom 264 male and 75 female doctors responded.

Results: One third of all the doctors surveyed reported that they always ask patients about tobacco use, three fourths advise all patients routinely to quit irrespective of the smoking status of patients and one tenth offered useful information on how to quit. About 15 per cent reported they received information from medical representatives, 32 per cent reported they had sufficient training and 80 per cent expressed interest in receiving training to help smokers quit. Majority of all doctors surveyed most commonly asked and advised patients to quit tobacco when patients had lung, heart, mouth disease or cancer.

Interpretation & conclusion: Our results suggested that squalene may counteract the increase in body fat, BP and levels of plasma leptin, glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides. These effects of squalene may be further explored as a likely new approach for clinical management of high BP and obesity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Patient Education as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Physicians / statistics & numerical data
  • Professional Practice / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires