[Smoking prevalence in hospital workers: meta-analysis in 45 Catalan hospitals].


OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence of smoking in workers from hospitals within the Catalan Network for Smoke-free hospitals from 2009 to 2012 according to workers' sociodemographic characteristics and the type of hospital. METHOD A meta-analysis was performed of prevalence surveys from representative samples of workers from 45 hospitals. The combined prevalence for all hospitals was calculated using a regression model with a random effects model weighted by sample size. RESULTS The overall prevalence of smoking was 28.1% (95%CI: 26.1 to 30.0%) with a maximum and minimum of 40.3% and 19.1%, respectively. The health professionals with the lowest prevalence of smoking were physicians (16.4%; 95%CI: 12.9 to 19.9) and nurses (25.4%; 95%CI 21.6 to 29.2). CONCLUSION The prevalence of smoking in hospital health workers was lower than in the general population of working age. Physicians were the group with the lowest smoking prevalence. Smoking cessation should be promoted among other professional groups.

DOI: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2015.08.006

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@article{Martnez2016SmokingPI, title={[Smoking prevalence in hospital workers: meta-analysis in 45 Catalan hospitals].}, author={Cristina Mart{\'i}nez and Jos{\'e} Mar{\'i}a Mart{\'i}nez-S{\'a}nchez and Laura Ant{\'o}n and Anna Riccobene and Marcela Fu and N{\'u}ria Quir{\'o}s and Esteve Salt{\'o} and Esteve Fern{\'a}ndez}, journal={Gaceta sanitaria}, year={2016}, volume={30 1}, pages={55-8} }