Smoking habits of 882 employees of Magenta general hospital (province of Milan) (135 doctors, 594 nurses and 153 technicians and clerical staff) were investigated in May 1986, by means of a self-administered questionnaire (response rate 84%). Forty-five percent of men and 34% of women reported to be current smokers, respectively 13% fewer and 41% more, after age-standardization, than the general population of the same province. Smoking habits of the three professional groups considered did not differ substantially, but a higher number of doctors as compared to nurses admitted to smoke occasionally in front of patients. The vast majority (80%) agreed with a total ban of smoking inside the hospital but the underestimation of smoking-related health hazards, especially outside the cancer field, turned out to be also very common. Only 34% of doctors, 13% of nurses and 16% of technical and clerical staff identified smoking as the leading preventable cause of death in Italy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Habits and opinions about cigarette smoking among medical, nursing and technico-administrative staff at the Magenta Hospital (Local Health Unit no. 72)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Epidemiologia e prevenzione|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1989|
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