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Medical students do not think they have authority to advise patients to stop smoking

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7048.48c (Published 06 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:48
  1. Yoshikatsu Mochizuki,
  2. David While,
  3. Anne Charlton
  1. Visiting research fellow Asahikawa Medical College, Department of Public Health, 5-Go, Nishikagura, 4-Sen, Asahikawa, Hokkaido 078, Japan
  2. Statistician Director CRC Education and Child Studies Research Group, School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT

    EDITOR,—We wish to report a study of the prevalence of smoking among medical students at the University of Manchester Medical School and the students' attitudes towards advising patients to stop smoking. Self administered questionnaires were completed by 621 undergraduate medical students (292 men and 329 women; response rate 57%) from all five years of the medical course. The anonymous questionnaires were distributed to first, second, and third year students during a class; completed during breaks between lectures; and collected at the end of the teaching session. The questionnaires were posted to …

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