Survey of smoking habits and attitudes of patients and staff in psychiatric hospitals

Roberto Mester, Paz Toren*, Yosefa Ben-Moshe, Abraham Weizman

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Abstract

One hundred and six staff members and 150 patients of three psychiatric hospitals in Israel were administered a smoking habit and attitutes questionnaire. Upon analyzing the data, staff members and patients made up a very high percentage of smokers, 48.1 and 76%, respectively. The staff was not knowledgeable enough about the hazards of smoking. Nurses generously used cigarettes in order to appease the patients. Furthermore. the patients admitted being encouraged to smoke by the staff. According to these findings, a patient hospitalized in the psychiatric hospitals surveyed is significantly exposed to the pro-smoking atmosphere and the hazards of smoking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalPsychopathology
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

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