Health Profession Student Perception on Hookah Use and Curriculum Improvement Implications
- Corresponding Author:
- Jill M Loewen
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Patient Management
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Detroit
MI 48208, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 22, 2016; Accepted date: February 01, 2016; Published date: February 07, 2016
Citation: Loewen JM, Savaya MG, Mackie ZF (2016) Health Profession Student Perception on Hookah Use and Curriculum Improvement Implications. Health Care: Current Reviews 4:157. doi:10.4172/2375-4273.1000157
Copyright: © 2016 Loewen JM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Hookah smoking has become a popular way for young people to socialize and relax. Studies have identified harmful health consequences as a result of hookah usage. Little is known about the knowledge future healthcare providers have about this fairly new trend. This study assessed the knowledge of students in health professions programs on hookah usage to determine possible curriculum needs. With appropriate education, these future healthcare providers have the opportunity to influence patients to reduce and prevent the use of hookah. In the fall term of 2011, a voluntary online survey containing twenty items was conducted at seven participating health professions programs. Nearly half of respondents were unsure about harmful health consequences associated with hookah usage. When asked if the amount of tar and nicotine exposure during a hookah session was about the same compared to a pack of cigarettes, the majority of those surveyed were unsure. Those reporting current use of hookah believed it was possible to stop at any time, suggesting that they are uninformed about the addictive nature of this form of tobacco use. A lack of knowledge about the harmful health effects of hookah was revealed. Along with adequate training about all forms of tobacco, further training in health professions programs about health effects of the use of hookah needs to be implemented so that patients can be appropriately advised and assisted.