E-Cigarettes: Practices in Primary Care - Survey Results

E-Cigarettes E-Newsletter

Issue II - 01.2018

In This Issue...

  1. E-Cigarette Survey Results
  2. E-Cigarette Article
  3. Resources You Can Use

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E-Cigarettes: Practices in Primary Care - Survey Results

IAFP and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) conducted a survey from May 25 - June 25, 2017 on e-cigarette practices for primary care providers to garner a better understanding of physician knowledge, perception, and practices related to e-cigarettes in the primary care office. The goal of the survey was to better identify gaps in current knowledge and needs for education and educational materials.

Completed by 207 medical professionals (86% of whom were family physicians), the survey results indicated that most providers do not always ask about e-cigarette use or vaping when taking a smoking history. Additionally, when asked if their EMR had a place to documents e-cigarette or vaping use, most answered no or that they were unsure. The majority of providers indicated they would be more likely to ask their patients about use of these products if there were designated place in the EMR to document e-cigarettes/vaping.

While most providers indicated belief that e-cigarettes were harmful to a person's health, 91% of those surveyed responded that more studies on e-cigarettes and their potential use should be conducted. 80% indicated that e-cigarettes and vaping devices need more regulation by the FDA.

62% of providers said that they "sometimes" do not know the answer to a patient's question regarding e-cigarettes/vaping, with 20% stating they "never" know the answer. Most providers indicated they have a desire to increase their knowledge about this subject. The consensus of this survey indicates that physicians are looking for more information and research on the use of e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and patient safety.

For more detailed survey results, please click here to access the online PDF.

E-Cigarette Article

Don't miss out on IAFP's e-cigarette publication:
E-Cigarettes - Are They Safe? An Update for Primary Care Physicians
By Monica J. Fudala, MD, Northshore University HealthSystem / University of Chicago, Department of Family Medicine, Associate Director of Family Medicine Inpatient Services, Core Faculty for the University of Chicago Family Medicine Residency.

Click on the link below to access the article and earn up to 0.25 AMA PRA Category One Credit(s)TM.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the adverse reactions of e-cigarette usage
  • Explain the limitations of research on e-cigarette usage as a tobacco reduction strategy
  • Describe the uncertainty of amounts of nicotine in ENDS

Click here to access the article.

Click here to complete the post-test and claim credit for the article.

The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:
The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Expiration - June 30, 2019.

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