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Smoking behavior and attitudes of patient’s relatives in the pediatric emergency rooms- a multi-center study

Yasin Yildiz, Onur Ozturk, Muhammet Bulut, Arzu Ayraler, Muhammet Ali Oruc, Bahadir Yazicioglu, Mustafa Unal, Gulsah Ozturk, Mikail Ozdemir


It was aimed to investigate the smoking behavior and attitudes of the relatives of the children in the ERs to determine whether current experience had any impact on the desire to quit. This study conducted with 300 patient relatives who applied to the pediatric ER of three hospitals in different cities between June 2019 and June 2020. Apart from the demographic data, a questionnaire consists of 18 questions were applied regarding participants’ past and current ER experiences and smoking behaviors. All data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.0 (IBM, USA) software package. It was determined that many (47.3%) spent more than 4 hours in the vicinity of ERs. Most of the individuals (58.0%) had waited 3 or more times in the ER previously. Besides, 59.3% had the idea of quitting smoking as they saw the patients in the ER, and while in the hospital, 44.0% wanted to have smoking cessation treatment. The average number of cigarettes smoked per hour in daily life was 0.61 ± 0.52 (excluding sleep time), but during the waiting period, this figures went up considerably to 4.32 ± 5.28/ hour (p

Key words: Pediatric emergency medicine, smoking cessation, relatives

Med-Science. 2020; 9(3): 736-41

Medicine Science Vol:9 Issue:3 Year:2020 PP:526–801
Posted in Vol: 9 Issue: 3 Year: 2020 September pp: 526–801

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