Tobacco cessation education in North Carolina dental hygiene programs Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Harris, Joanna Lynn.
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • The purpose of the research project was to identify the practices and perceptions of senior dental hygiene students (SDHS) in North Carolina (NC) regarding their didactic training in tobacco cessation education (TCE) and integration of TCE into their clinical dental hygiene curricula. A pilot-tested questionnaire was administered to 241 graduating SDHS enrolled in all 12 NC dental hygiene programs via mail (n=180) or email via SurveyMonkey (n=61). Response rate was 65% (n=156). Of respondents, 99% agreed that hygienists should be trained to provide TCE. Nearly all SDHS (99%) had one or more patients who smoked and 81% had one or more patients who used spit tobacco. Eighty-nine percent had one or more patients that expressed a desire to quit. Most SDHS were comfortable providing TCE to both smokers (92%) and spit tobacco users (93%). Enhancements to TCE in dental hygiene curricula may increase incorporation of TCE by hygienists' in future practice.
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