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Are nurses prepared to curb the tobacco epidemic in China? A questionnaire survey of schools of nursing.
Int J Nurs Stud. 2008 May; 45(5):706-13.IJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Smoking prevalence among Chinese males is the highest in the world and its morbidity and mortality is growing. Previous studies suggested nurses are inadequately prepared to treat tobacco use and dependence.

OBJECTIVES

To examine the inclusion and organization of tobacco control content in the undergraduate nursing curriculum of Hong Kong and Mainland China; and the smoking status of faculty and students.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional survey.

METHODS

Deans of 32 nursing schools in Hong Kong and China with an undergraduate programme (representing over 12000 students) completed a self-administered questionnaire.

RESULTS

Most schools included the health hazards of tobacco (56.3-100%), but few covered tobacco cessation theory (31.3-62.5%), or behavioural (9.4-56.3%) and pharmacological (3.1-34.4%) interventions in the curriculum. Most curricula covered less than 1h of tobacco content per year of study. Nearly all schools (93.1%) reported smoking among faculty but only half reported access to smoking cessation programmes.

CONCLUSIONS

This is the first known study to examine the extent of tobacco control education in the nursing curriculum in China. Results suggested deficiencies in the coverage and clinical practice in smoking and smoking cessation, and recommendations were made to strengthen the curriculum.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing Studies, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. nssophia@hkucc.hku.hkNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17336307

Citation

Chan, Sophia Siu-Chee, et al. "Are Nurses Prepared to Curb the Tobacco Epidemic in China? a Questionnaire Survey of Schools of Nursing." International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 45, no. 5, 2008, pp. 706-13.
Chan SS, Sarna L, Danao LL. Are nurses prepared to curb the tobacco epidemic in China? A questionnaire survey of schools of nursing. Int J Nurs Stud. 2008;45(5):706-13.
Chan, S. S., Sarna, L., & Danao, L. L. (2008). Are nurses prepared to curb the tobacco epidemic in China? A questionnaire survey of schools of nursing. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 45(5), 706-13.
Chan SS, Sarna L, Danao LL. Are Nurses Prepared to Curb the Tobacco Epidemic in China? a Questionnaire Survey of Schools of Nursing. Int J Nurs Stud. 2008;45(5):706-13. PubMed PMID: 17336307.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Are nurses prepared to curb the tobacco epidemic in China? A questionnaire survey of schools of nursing. AU - Chan,Sophia Siu-Chee, AU - Sarna,Linda, AU - Danao,Leda L, Y1 - 2007/03/02/ PY - 2006/06/23/received PY - 2006/09/27/revised PY - 2007/3/6/pubmed PY - 2008/10/3/medline PY - 2007/3/6/entrez SP - 706 EP - 13 JF - International journal of nursing studies JO - Int J Nurs Stud VL - 45 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: Smoking prevalence among Chinese males is the highest in the world and its morbidity and mortality is growing. Previous studies suggested nurses are inadequately prepared to treat tobacco use and dependence. OBJECTIVES: To examine the inclusion and organization of tobacco control content in the undergraduate nursing curriculum of Hong Kong and Mainland China; and the smoking status of faculty and students. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHODS: Deans of 32 nursing schools in Hong Kong and China with an undergraduate programme (representing over 12000 students) completed a self-administered questionnaire. RESULTS: Most schools included the health hazards of tobacco (56.3-100%), but few covered tobacco cessation theory (31.3-62.5%), or behavioural (9.4-56.3%) and pharmacological (3.1-34.4%) interventions in the curriculum. Most curricula covered less than 1h of tobacco content per year of study. Nearly all schools (93.1%) reported smoking among faculty but only half reported access to smoking cessation programmes. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first known study to examine the extent of tobacco control education in the nursing curriculum in China. Results suggested deficiencies in the coverage and clinical practice in smoking and smoking cessation, and recommendations were made to strengthen the curriculum. SN - 0020-7489 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17336307/Are_nurses_prepared_to_curb_the_tobacco_epidemic_in_China_A_questionnaire_survey_of_schools_of_nursing_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0020-7489(06)00344-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -