Medical students' contribution to the development of a smoke‐free hospital policy in a university medical centre: a relevant learning experience

A. D. Sperber, A. Geftler, M. Goren, H. Cohen, G. Levi, I. Raz, Z. Mor, N. Yachelevich, T. Malik, A. Shubin, E. Kachel, S. Perl, A. Steinberg, B. Sarov, J. Bearman

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Abstract

In a research methodology course, second‐year medical students conducted a survey on ‘Enforcing a Smoking Ban in the Soroka Medical Center: a Survey of Hospital Employees on Facilitating Factors and Obstacles’. They defined the study objectives and design, developed the study instrument, carried out the survey, coded and entered the data into mainframe computers, analysed the computer output, and prepared oral and written reports. The aims of the project were twofold: to survey employees’ attitudes to a hospital smoking ban and to train medical students in the planning and conduct of a research project on public health or preventive medicine. Twelve students conducted a cross‐sectional survey of 208 hospital employees (10% of the hospital staff). Employees were surveyed regarding smoking status, interest in quitting smoking, knowledge of the law banning smoking in public places, knowledge of the health effects of passive smoking, attitudes towards a hospital smoking ban and potential obstacles to its implementation. The students rated the course as excellent. They gained important research skills, as well as practical medical and public health experience through active participation in the design and execution of a study project with public health implications. At the first meeting of the hospital committee appointed to enforce a smoke‐free hospital, the students' findings were reported in full, and their recommendations have guided policy decisions. 1995 Blackwell Publishing

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Education
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

Keywords

  • *health policy
  • *hospitals
  • *organizational policy
  • *smoking cessation
  • *students
  • Israel
  • medical
  • program development
  • teaching

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