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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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MORELLO, Paola; LINETZKY, Bruno  and  KAPLAN, Julio. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Argentine pediatricians regarding second hand smoke exposure in children. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2010, vol.108, n.4, pp.318-324. ISSN 0325-0075.

Introduction. Passive smoking is a main public health problem in Argentina. It is estimated that about 55% of children live with a smoker at home. Several reports show that when parents and providers refrain from smoking at home and in the car, environmental tobacco exposure (ETS) and its health consequences decrease. Objective. To assess pediatricians' knowledge, beliefs and practices regarding passive smoking and its prevention. Methodology. We surveyed a national sample of pediatricians, who participated in the National Pediatric Continuous Education Program (PRONAP) of the Argentine Pediatric Society, via e-mail. Results. Overall, 74% of the pediatricians that answered the questionnaire said that they always asked about ETS exposure during the pediatric visit, 50% writes that on the children's chart, 93% advises parents not to smoke at home, 64% motivates parents to quit smoking and 49% provides information materials about the topic. Overall, their knowledge about the diseases most associated with ETS is appropriate. Almost all pediatricians believe the topic is of public health importance and important for children's health. Conclusions. The results of this survey show it is important to improve the training provided to pediatricians and to standardize the discussion and the treatment of ETS during the pediatric visit.

Keywords : Smoking; Pediatrics; Continuing medical education; Passive smoking health knowledge attitude practice.

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