This study identifies smoking prevalence among physicians in Jordan. It also assesses their attitudes, perceived smoking prevention, and control responsibilities and behaviors. A cross-sectional survey was administered to 251 physicians from public and private hospitals in Jordan. The response rate was 67%. The prevalence of smoking is 22.4% for male and 9.1% for female physicians. Among current or former smokers, 81.1% (n = 73), 29.1% overall, had smoked in front of a patient. The physicians believed that physician counseling could more effectively prevent patients from smoking than influencing patients to quit smoking. Approximately 56.2% of physicians had ever counseled patients about smoking and 34.3% regularly counseled patients about smoking. Only 18.3% (n = 46) had received training, either in medical school or thereafter, on counseling patients about smoking. Physicians with training on counseling patients about smoking cessation were significantly more likely to have counseled or to routinely counsel patients to help them quit or not start smoking. Training also lowered the percentage of smokers who smoked in front of patients.
Smoking prevalence, attitudes and perceived smoking prevention and control responsibilities and behaviors among physicians in Amman, Jordan
Merrill, R., Madanat, H., Layton, J. B., Madsen, C., & Hanson, C. (2006). Smoking prevalence, attitudes and perceived smoking prevention and control responsibilities and behaviors among physicians in Amman, Jordan. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 26(4), 397-413. https://doi.org/10.2190/IQ.26.4.g