Tobacco-related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Among Infectious Disease Providers in Argentina

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2017-10-12

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Little is known about the knowledge, attitudes, ability, and professional practices related to tobacco cessation among ID providers treating PLWHA in Argentina. This study aims to contribute to reduce this gap in knowledge. Conclusions. Knowledge about the hazards of tobacco use for PLWHA and holding positive attitudes toward the medical provider’s role in assisting patients quit do not necessarily translate in the provision of evidence-based practices for tobacco cessation among ID providers in Argentina. Previous training and perceived ability in providing services seems to account for ID providers’ engagement in tobacco cessation practices. Capacity building, which includes educational and skills building training, plus technical assistance are warranted to increase providers’ capacity and self-confidence in helping PLWHA quit.

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