EDITH SIMONA IANOSI, ELENA DANTES, ALPAR CSIPOR, MIOARA SZATHMARY, ADRIANA SOCACI, ELENA RUSU, ROXANA MARIA NEMES ENHANCING EDUCATION FOR SMOKING PREVENTING AND SMOKING CESSATION IN MEDICAL PERSONNEL A MEASURE FOR A BETTER HEALTH Our work presents the smoking-related attitude, the methods for the development knowledge and antismoking commitment among health-care workers. We analyzed a 20 items questionnaire in 209 healthcare employees (specialists physicians, interns, medical assistants/nurses). Smoking is widespread among health professionals 34.7% comparing with the country average (28%). In the last 10 years smoking has declined in physicians -27.1% but remains constant in assistants 43.3% and nurses 46.3% (comparison with a previous study). Smoking is lower in young physicians and pulmonologists (by information achieved along courses and traineeships in Pulmonology Discipline). Smoking is predominant in males 55% vs 27.7% in females. Medical personnel’s knowledge about the harmful effects of smoking is still insufficient. 32% of smokers do not consider that smoking affects the health entourage. 20% report smoking in the hospitals. The methods used for providing antismoking activities in medical personnel were complexes: thematic conferences for physicians/nurses (6 in the last 4 years), 2 workshops for practical implementation the antismoking techniques, curricular courses (4 h/semester for the fifth-grade medical-students and third-grade assistants, 6 hours optional courses for all students) and by promoting the antismoking policy in our universities and pulmonology clinics. Medical personnel are a target group in the anti-smoking activity (like health promoters) considering the great potential for further education for large groups of patients.
Keywords: medical personnel, smoking, health promoters