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Title: Knowledge of smoking as a risk factor for disease among urology clinic patients in Australia.
Austin Authors: Khan, Munad;Papa, Nathan P;Manning, Todd G ;Nzenza, Tatenda;Simionato, Lauren;Lawrentschuk, Nathan
Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Urology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Aug-2018 2018-03-27
Publication information: World Journal of Urology 2018; 36(8): 1219-1224
Abstract: Smoking remains a common habit among the general population. Despite the well-established risks of smoking, relatively few studies have been undertaken to assess the understanding of these risks among the general population. We intended to assess the understanding of smoking as a risk factor for various conditions in a urology outpatient cohort to assess the level of knowledge as well as particular strengths and weaknesses they possess. A four-page questionnaire was distributed among urology outpatients over a 5┬ámonth period. The questionnaire captured information regarding the knowledge of smoking as a risk factor for various urological and non-urological conditions. Results were collated and stratified according to patient's cancer history as well as smoking status. A total of 112 participants were included in our analytical sample. Our study demonstrated a deficiency in knowledge regarding smoking and urological conditions. When ranked by level of knowledge, four of the bottom five conditions were urological in nature. Furthermore, we found that patients with a personal cancer history demonstrated generally poorer knowledge of smoking as a risk factor compared to patients without a cancer history. Conversely, smokers themselves demonstrated a greater understanding of risks compared to non-smokers. Our study suggests there is much work to be done in the education of patients on the risks of smoking from a urological point of view. We believe more initiative needs to be taken by the specialists treating such patients to achieve an improved level of knowledge.
DOI: 10.1007/s00345-018-2276-9
ORCID: 0000-0002-4140-1500
PubMed URL: 29589133
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Smoking
Smoking cessation
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