SESSION TITLE: Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Posters
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: 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 in year 2000 in the same hospitals. As the internet has increasingly permeated day to day life, the public is increasingly using web searches to obtain health information.
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 in the year 2000. These same hospital web sites were re-examined in 2012 for access to smoking cessation programs. To further explore recent trends, we examined an additional 27 hospital web sites.
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. Of the total of 65 sites examined in 2012, 29/65 had Smoking Cessation Programs(44.6%)
CONCLUSIONS: In 2012, 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 used as a source of public health information by their communities. In 2012, 44.7% demonstrated easy access for their public to smoking cessation programs on their websites.. This represents a 58% improvement compared to the same hospital sample in 2000.
DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: John Denny, Sharon Morgan, Angela Denny, Christine Hunter-Fratzola
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