Author(s): Mumtaz R, Khan AA, Moeen F, Noor N, Humayun S, Mumtaz R, Khan AA, Moeen F, Noor N, Humayun S, Mumtaz R, Khan AA, Moeen F, Noor N, Humayun S, Mumtaz R, Khan AA, Moeen F, Noor N, Humayun S
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess Pakistani dentists' ability, willingness and perceived barriers to carry out tobacco cessation activities for their patients in the dental office. The study is limited to the smoking form of tobacco use. METHOD: Using a structured questionnaire for a cross sectional study, 239 full time or part time practising licensed dentists based in Islamabad and Rawalpindi were recruited by two sampling techniques; convenience and cluster sampling. Participation rate was 66.2\%. RESULT: Based on the characteristics, the study population is assumed representative of the average Pakistani dentist. Prevalence of smoking amongst dentists was 20.3\%. Only one-third rated their knowledge and ability regarding tobacco cessation messages as good/excellent. The majority of the dentists considered tobacco cessation activity as peripheral to their profession. The main barrier to performing tobacco cessation interventions was cited as gender. CONCLUSION: Dentists exhibit a superficial approach to delivery of smoking cessation care. It is recommended that dentists be trained in delivering effective tobacco dependence intervention, using the WHO/FDI advocacy guide for oral health professionals, modified to incorporate gender oriented culturally sensitive doctor-patient interaction. Tobacco cessation clinics should also be set up in private and public sectors to augment the dentists' participation.
This article was published in Int Dent J
and referenced in Journal of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems