Tobacco use and health risks in two dental clinic populations: Implementation and evaluation of a brief targeted intervention

Laura Romito, Cynthia Budyn, Mark A. Oklak, Josh Gotlib, George J. Eckert

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The present study compared emergency dental clinic and hygiene clinic patients in terms of tobacco use and health risks, and began and evaluated an Ask/Advise/Refer intervention in the emergency clinic. Randomly selected records (N = 820) of patients from both clinics were reviewed and demographics, tobacco, and health data were recorded and analyzed. After a brief training period, student dentists delivered a five-week emergency clinic tobacco intervention and completed a post-intervention evaluation survey. Tobacco use was higher in the emergency clinic and was correlated with systemic and oral disease. Of the 327 emergency clinic patients seen during the pilot study, 50% were smokers, 46% of whom expressed an interested in quitting and 35% of whom obtained cessation referral. Thirty students (86%) completed the evaluation; perceptions of the intervention were neutral to favorable. The emergency clinic Ask/Advise/Refer intervention was wellreceived by both patients and clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e326-e334
JournalGeneral dentistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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