Estonian Health Care Providers´ perceptions of E-Cigarettes

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Estonian Health Care Providers´ perceptions of E-Cigarettes

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Title: Estonian Health Care Providers´ perceptions of E-Cigarettes
a qualitative study of perceptions and reported doctor-patient interactions
Author: Paidla, Liisu
Abstract: E-cigarettes represent an innovative product in smoking and their use is rapidly growing in many countries (Riker et al. 2012). Nevertheless, e-cigarettes are fuelling an intense debate between advocates who see them as a pathway to smoking cessation and critics who regard them as a dangerous product that could renormalise smoking behaviour. Due to the scant scientific evidence on e-cigarette safety and efficacy, health care providers must also use their perceptions when making up their minds about e-cigarettes. Studies suggest that patients inquire about e-cigarettes from health care providers (Beard et al. 2013; Steinberg et al. 2015; Kandra et al. 2014) and their perceptions may play an important role in shaping patients’ views on e-cigarettes and their potential use. Thus, the objective of this thesis is to analyse and develop a foundational understanding of Estonian health care providers’ perceptions of e-cigarettes and their interactions with patients. The empirical data was gathered through seven semi-structured qualitative interviews of Estonian health care providers. The findings fundamentally demonstrate that Estonian doctors perceive e-cigarettes as harmful; nonetheless, there is a need for further research to assess their efficacy as a potential aid for smoking cessation. Furthermore, there is a need for longitudinal studies on the unknown long-term effects of e-cigarette use.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10417/5976
Date: 2016-11-04
Pages: 82
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