Disparities in Receipt of Advice to Quit Smoking From Health Care Providers: 2010 National Health Interview Survey
Daneshh, Paskett, and Ferketich discuss how the prevalence rates of healthcare provider delivered advice and how the characteristics of individuals who receive advice from other health care providers such as physicians and dentists. The data utilized in this study was obtained from Sample Adult Core questionnaire, Sample Family Core questionnaire, and Sample Adult Cancer Control of the 2010 National Health Survey. After their analysis they saw that current smokers who went to any healthcare provider received advice on quitting cigarettes and only 1 in 10 smokers who saw a dentist got advice to quit. The investigators saw that those who received advice differed based on sex, age, race, martial status, region, type of health insurance they had, quit attempts in the past year, and the extent to their tobacco use. The overall conclusion the authors were able to come to was that changes need to be made in policies implemented by healthcare organizations, in health profession education curriculum, and continuing education requirements so all types of healthcare practitioners start following the guidelines in place already to help patients.