SESSION TYPE: Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Posters
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Smoking continues to be a large public health problem. Despite many new regulations to discourage smoking, it is unclear to what degree hospitals pursue offering smoking cessation programs to their communities. Our aim was to document the incidence of smoking cessation programs offered via hospital web sites. We compare this current incidence with that found twelve years ago in the same hospitals. As the internet has increasingly permeated day to day life, the public is using web searches to obtain health information and guidance much more frequently
METHODS: A national list of U.S. hospitals was utilized. Randomly selected hospitals from this list had their web sites examined for access to smoking cessation programs twelve years ago. These same hospital web sites were re-examined in 2011 for access to smoking cessation programs.
RESULTS: Of the same original thirty-nine hospitals web sites from 2000 which were re-examined in 2011, thirty-eight were reached in 2011, since one web site had gone offline in the interim. Of the thirty-eight successfully searched, seventeen had smoking cessation programs available. This percentage of 44.7% was improved compared to 28.2% found in the year 2000 (11 of 39).
CONCLUSIONS: In 2011, the number of surveyed hospitals with smoking cessation programs available to the public through their websites was 44.7% percent. This is 58% higher than seen in the same hospital web site population in 2000. However, substantial room for improvement remains. Internet availability of health information is forecast to be even more essential in the future.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Hospitals are also used as a source of public health information by their communities. As more and more of daily life involves the internet, hospitals must keep up. In 2011, 44.7% of hospital web sites contained smoking cessation information. This represents a 58% improvement compared to the same hospital sample in 2000. There is still opportunity for hospitals to better serve their surrounding populations in smoking cessation by featuring smoking cessation on their web sites.
DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: John Denny, Sharon Morgan, Angela Denny, Enrique Pantin
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