Smoking Among Healthcare Professionals

Derek R. Smith and Peter A Leggat

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Format: paperback
116 pages
ISBN: 9781921364174

Publication: 21 Mar 2012

Publisher: Sydney University Press

There are one billion smokers on the planet today and up to half will die from their habit. According to the World Health Organization, approximately one person dies every six seconds from tobacco use. Despite the negative effects of smoking, the healthcare profession is not entirely smoke-free; an issue which must be addressed as this group is on the frontlines of tobacco control.

This book presents the findings of more than 360 surveys of smoking among doctors, dentists and nurses, as well as students in these fields. Much can be learned from the data; the most important being a comprehensive understanding of how many healthcare professionals smoke, in what country, and at what stage in their career. The gathering of such data is the focus of this book.

Derek R. Smith is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Deputy Director (Research) at the Central Coast Campus of the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. He is active in many different research areas including environmental and occupational health, public health, epidemiology, bibliometrics and medical history. He has published over 200 scientific articles and presented at numerous domestic and international conferences.

Peter A. Leggat is Professor and Deputy Head at the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. He is a specialist in public health medicine and is a certified Medical Review Officer. He has published over 450 journal articles, 50 chapters and 20 monographs, and presented more than 300 papers at national and international meetings.

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Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 The critical role of healthcare professionals
1.3 Outline of the book

Chapter 2: Methodology
2.1 Search strategy and databases
2.2 Preparation of data
2.3 Limitations and confounding factors

Chapter 3: Tobacco use among healthcare professionals
3.1 Smoking rates among doctors
3.2 Smoking rates among dentists
3.3 Smoking rates among nurses

Chapter 4: Tobacco use among healthcare students
4.1 Smoking rates among medical students
4.2 Smoking rates among dental students
4.3 Smoking rates among nursing students

Chapter 5: Success stories in declining tobacco use
5.1 Smoking rates among Australian doctors
5.2 Smoking rates among American doctors

Chapter 6: Discussion and conclusions
6.1 Discussion
6.2 Conclusions

Appendix 1: Smoking rates among veterinarians
Appendix 2: Smoking rates among veterinary students
Appendix 3: Prior publications related to this book
About the authors

Format: paperback
Size: 250 × 176 × 7 mm
116 pages
10 b&w tables
ISBN: 9781921364174
Publication: 21 Mar 2012