The Use of Information Technology for Smoking Cessation: Opinions of Romanian Patients from General Practitioners

L.M. Lotrean, R. Ailoaiei, M. Popa, Hein de Vries, Gindrovel Dumitra, Liviu Oprea, Mira Florea

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Abstract

The objectives of this study are assessing of internet use among Romanian patients from general practitioners as well as their intention to use or recommend the first computer tailored program for smoking cessation from Romania. The study involved 200 patients from general practitioners from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. A cross-sectional study was performed in 2014 through anonymous questionnaires. More than 80% of the patients declared using internet, while half were searching on internet in the last month information regarding healthy lifestyle. The prevalence of smoking was 29.5%. One out of two smokers declared intention to try the program for smoking cessation, this intention being higher among smokers with a stronger intention to quit smoking in the next 6 months, having email-address and searching healthy lifestyle information on internet in the last month. Two thirds of
the participants agreed that they would inform other persons about the smoking cessation program; this intention was higher among women and among those interested in healthy lifestyle information on internet. Information technology could be use for healthy lifestyle promotion among patients from big cities of Romania, where internet access and interest for computer tailored programs for health promotion look promising.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-325
JournalRevista de Cercetare Si Interventie Sociala
Volume73
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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