Awareness of Nicotine Replacement Therapy Methods Amongst Graduating Health Professionals of Coastal Karnataka, A Cross Sectional Study

Ramprasad, VP and Kulkarni, Muralidhar M (2018) Awareness of Nicotine Replacement Therapy Methods Amongst Graduating Health Professionals of Coastal Karnataka, A Cross Sectional Study. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences, 2 (12). pp. 32-34. ISSN 2581-4893

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Introduction: Today, users of tobacco have more support when it comes to quitting the habit. New medications, some over- hecounter and some prescription, can help take the edge off nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine replacement products help relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine Replacement Therapy in the form of Nicotine gums, Nicotine patches and Nicotine Lozenges have become an accepted and proven method now used in the cessation of tobacco. Nicotine nasal spray and Nicotine Inhaler are also available on prescription in some countries.Non-Nicotine Replacement Therapy includes the use of prescription drugs like Bupropion, Varenicline and Selegiline. It is important for graduating health professionals to have an awareness about Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Non NRT Methods to advice and counsel patients in using the appropriate methods. This study was planned to assess the awareness levels of graduating health professionals in Coastal Karnataka.Methods: A cross sectional questionnaire study amongst Interns of Dental, Medical and Nursing Institutions of Coastal Karnataka.The questionnaire covered all aspects of NRT and Non NRT and the response from the Interns was collected appropriately and subjected to statistical analysis.Results: 80.4% of the participants were aware of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. 54.5 % were in the know of Pharmacological therapy used for tobacco cessation. 58.9% were aware of Tobacco cessation services and Nicotine Replacement Therapy available in the vicinity. 68.8% were favouring to have tobacco cessation and Nicotine replacement therapy in the curriculum of undergraduate health science programs.Conclusion: It is important for health professionals to have an orientation towards the Nicotine Replacement and Non-Nicotine Replacement methods used in tobacco cessation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Awareness; Nicotine Replacement Therapy; Pharmacological Therapy; Interns
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 03:57
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 03:57

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