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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 498-500

Technology-based tobacco cessation training in Indian context


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Deoghar, Jharkhand, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of General Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Deoghar, Jharkhand, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Dentistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Deoghar, Jharkhand, India
4 Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Deoghar, Jharkhand, India
5 Executive Director and CEO, Department of Otolarynoholgy, Head and Neck Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Deoghar, Jharkhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Gaurav Jain
Department of Dentistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Devipur, Deoghar - 814 152, Jharkhand
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijph.ijph_2009_21

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In tobacco use disorders (TUDs), technology-based training of health-care professionals can reduce the treatment gap and bring attitudinal change. The study aimed to assess the practices and determine the change in knowledge and attitude among health-care professionals following an online training program (OTP). Half-day OTP on tobacco cessation using prepost quasi-experimental study design with a structured questionnaire-based assessment was conducted. Among 293 completed surveys, knowledge post-OTP was higher but insignificant (P = 1.2). Post-OTP, participants felt less angry and disappointed toward tobacco users (mean of difference (MOD) =0.21, P = 0.0007); more sympathetic and concerned (MOD = −0.22, P = 0.0005); and acknowledged tobacco users deserve the same medical care as nonusers (MOD = −0.177, P = 0.001). Post-OTP scores in attitudes did not change significantly for the responsibility domain (P < 0.05). In practice, relatively greater number of health-care professionals asked about tobacco use and advised cessation, however lesser assessed, assisted, and referred. To conclude, technology-based training program can result in attitudinal changes toward tobacco users.


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