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Assessment of attitudes, knowledge and current practices related to electronic cigarettes among healthcare professionals working in the field of preventive healthcare and smoking cessation, with preparation of educational material for an uni

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
3.08.00  Medical sciences  Public health (occupational safety)   

Code Science Field
B680  Biomedical sciences  Public health, epidemiology 

Code Science Field
3.03  Medical and Health Sciences  Health sciences 
Keywords
electronic cigarettes, health professionals, prevention, smoking cessation programmes, attitudes, knowledge, counselling
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (4)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  30713  PhD Jerneja Farkaš-Lainščak  Medical sciences  Head  2018 - 2020  383 
2.  53871  Andreja Frič    Technical associate  2020 
3.  12940  Helena Koprivnikar  Medical sciences  Researcher  2018 - 2020  270 
4.  29059  MSc Tina Zupanič  Social sciences  Researcher  2018 - 2020  176 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  2841  General Hospital Murska Sobota  Murska Sobota  1122517  1,691 
2.  3333  National Institut of Public Health  Ljubljana  6462642  18,082 
Abstract
Electronic cigarettes are a newer product, for which we currently have limited data and knowledge on long-term safety and efficacy in smoking cessation. In addition to professional literature, information on electronic cigarettes is widely available in various media, mainly of a commercial nature and can be source of misleading information. Healthcare professionals, especially those working in preventive healthcare, are an important source of information about electronic cigarettes, but currently in Slovenia we have no knowledge about their attitudes, knowledge and current practices (counselling and communication with patients) regarding electronic cigarettes. The purpose of the project is to assess the attitudes, knowledge and current practices regarding electronic cigarettes among healthcare professionals working in the field of preventive healthcare and smoking cessation, together with preparation of educational materials for a unified and evidence-based counselling for patients. First we will review the available literature on the positions, knowledge and current practices regarding electronic cigarettes among health professionals, who work in the field of preventive healthcare and smoking cessation (health education centers/health promotion centers, reference offices in family medicine, home care nurses, rehabilitation centers for patients with cardiovascular diseases). We will then prepare and conduct a cross-sectional survey among before mentioned groups of healthcare workers, publish the results of the research with recommendations, and on their basis, prepare educational material for health professionals for unified and evidence-based counselling to patients about electronic cigarettes. The results of the research and the material will be distributed among the healthcare workers of the target groups of the project by e-mail, will be published in journals for healthcare professionals and presented on the internet and to the media.
Significance for science
The project aims to increase knowledge about electronic cigarettes among healthcare professionals working in preventive healthcare and smoking cessation, and to promote unified and evidence-based counselling for patients. The results of the project will be published in various journals read by health professionals and presented to the professional public and the media.
Significance for the country
The project will have no direct effect on the economy. The unified and evidence-based counselling of healthcare professionals regarding the use of electronic cigarettes ensures the availability of the trustworthy information for patients about the product for which we currently have inadequate data and knowledge on long-term safety and efficacy in smoking cessation. With this, the project can contribute to a better health of the population, and in this way it can have beneficial effects on the economy as well.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2018, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Final report
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