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Table 2 Factors associated with the belief that physician counseling is effective for smoking cessation, Guangxi, China 2013

From: Chinese pediatrician beliefs about counseling and medications for parents who smoke: a survey in southern China

Variables Agree/strongly agree Disagree/strongly disagree χ 2 P value
n (%) n (%)
Total 304 (60) 200 (40)   
Gender     
Male 98 (54) 84 (46) 4.984 0.026
Female 206 (64) 116 (36)
Ages     
20-30 126 (59) 89 (41) 1.977 0.577
31-40 93 (58) 66 (42)
41-50 59 (66) 30 (34)
Above 50 26 (63) 15 (37)
Physician type     
Resident Physician 121 (54) 102 (46) 6.825 0.078
Attending Physician 95 (63) 56 (37)
Associate Chief Physician 60 (68) 28 (32)
Chief Physician 28 (67) 14 (33)
Number of years studied at medical school     
1-5 Years 232 (60) 156 (40) 0.193 0.660
More than 5 years 72 (62) 44 (38)
Smoking status     
Current smoker 51 (62) 31 (38) 0.108 0.743
Nonsmoker 241 (60) 159 (40)
Use other forms of tobacco     
No 289 (60) 191 (40) 0.031 0.861
Yes 15 (63) 9 (37)
Heard about e-cigarettes     
No 105 (59) 73 (41) 0.203 0.625
Yes 199 (61) 127 (39)
Exposed to SHS regularly     
No 158 (64) 89 (36) 1.076 0.299
Yes 125 (59) 86 (41)
Received cigarettes as gift or gave cigarettes as gifts to others     
No 251 (59) 172 (41) 1.055 0.304
Yes 53 (65) 28 (35)
Hospital have any policy to advise smokers to quit     
No 121 (55) 98 (45) 4.153 0.042
Yes 183 (64) 102 (36)
Received formal training in smoking cessation     
No 231 (58) 168 (42) 5.416 0.020
Yes 68 (71) 28 (29)
Have read China smoking cessation guidelines     
No 201 (62) 121 (38) 6.833 0.033
Yes 51 (66) 26 (34)
Never heard about it 52 (49) 53 (51)
Have read international (i.e. US, UK) smoking cessation guidelines     
No 218 (61) 141 (39) 1.169 0.557
Yes 24 (67) 12 (33)
Never heard about it 62 (57) 47 (43)
Other international Guidelines are useful     
No 3 (75) 1 (25) 0.361 0.835
Yes 21 (68) 10 (32)
Not sure 4 (80) 1 (20)
Believe about the professional responsibility to discuss smoking cessation     
Pediatricians 159 (69) 70 (31) 34.927 0.000
Nurses 107 (67) 53 (33)
The parent’s primary care doctor 250 (66) 129 (34)
Others: 63 (42) 87 (58)
Level of confidence discussing smoking cessation or SHS exposure reduction with patients’ parents     
Not at all confident 21 (32) 45 (68) 25.771 0.000
Very/Somewhat confident 283 (65) 155 (35)
Believe pediatricians can help patients’ parents to stop smoking     
Agree/strongly agree 216 (77) 65 (23) 72.683 0.000
Disagree/strongly disagree 88 (40) 135 (60)
I am not familiar with the guidelines for stop smoking     
Agree/strongly agree 181 (59) 128 (41) 1.012 0.314
Disagree/strongly disagree 123 (63) 72 (37)
Smoking cessation counseling for my patients’ parents is not an efficient use of my time     
Agree/strongly agree 146 (57) 110 (43) 2.347 0.126
Disagree/strongly disagree 158 (64) 90 (36)
I am unaware of the best strategies for helping my patients’ parents to stop smoking     
Agree/strongly agree 194 (62) 119 (38) 0.955 0.329
Disagree/strongly disagree 110 (58) 81 (42)
Advise patients who smoke to avoid smoking around children     
Agree/strongly agree 298 (64) 171 (36) 29.291 0.000
Disagree/strongly disagree 6 (17) 29 (83)
Health professionals should routinely ask about their patients smoking habits     
Agree/strongly agree 275 (65) 150 (35) 21.816 0.000
Disagree/strongly disagree 29 (37) 50 (63)
Heath professionals should routinely advise their smoking patients to quit smoking     
Agree/strongly agree 275 (69) 123 (31) 60.920 0.000
Disagree/strongly disagree 29 (27) 77 (73)
My current knowledge is sufficient for helping patients to stop smoking     
Agree/strongly agree 70 (81) 17 (19) 17.823 0.000
Disagree/strongly disagree 234 (56) 183 (44)
I can assess a smoker’s different stages of readiness to quit     
Agree/strongly agree 61 (75) 21 (25) 8.103 0.004
Disagree/strongly disagree 243 (58) 179 (42)