SESSION TITLE: Tobacco Cessation and Prevention
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Slide
PRESENTED ON: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
PURPOSE: Smoking continues to be a huge threat to public health. Although many laws have been passed 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 these smoking cessation programs offered via hospital web sites. We compare this current incidence with that found thirteen years ago in the same hospitals. As the internet has increasingly permeated day to day life, the public is more and more using web searches to obtain health information.
METHODS: A list of U.S. hospitals was utilized. Randomly selected hospitals from this list had their web sites examined for access to smoking cessation programs thirteen years ago. These same hospital web sites were re-examined in 2011-2012 for access to smoking cessation programs.
RESULTS: Of the same original fifty hospitals web sites from 2000 which were re-examined in 2012, forty-eight were reached in 2012, since two web sites had gone offline in the interim. Of the 48 successfully searched, 23 had smoking cessation programs available. This percentage of 47.9% was improved compared to 28.2% found in the year 2000.
CONCLUSIONS: : In 2012, the number of surveyed hospitals with smoking cessation programs available to the public through their websites was 47.9% percent. This is 69% 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 used as a source of public health information by their communities. In 2012, 47.9% demonstrated easy access for their public to smoking cessation via the internet in this sample. This is 69% higher compared to the same hospital sample in 2000. With technological advancements, hospitals in this sample are doing better in offering smoking cessation to their constituents via the internet. There is an opportunity for hospitals to serve their surrounding populations even better in smoking cessation opportunities
DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: John Denny, Sharon Morgan, Angela Denny, Krysta Cosentino
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