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Computerized assessment of surgical patients for tobacco use: accuracy and acceptability

Computerized assessment of surgical patients for tobacco use: accuracy and acceptability

Journal of Public Health 29(2): 183-185

Despite increased risks of postoperative complications among patients who use tobacco, a number of barriers hinder the systematic identification of surgical patients who smoke. The study investigated the accuracy and acceptability of a patient-completed touchscreen computer program, which assessed patient smoking status during attendance at a surgical pre-operative clinic. One thousand and four patients participated in the study and completed a touchscreen computer smoking assessment program. The sensitivity and specificity measures of the computerized assessment were 93% and 95% respectively. Patients, and clinic receptionists, nurses and anaesthetists found the touchscreen computer-based assessment acceptable. The findings suggest that computerized assessment of smoking status is an accurate and acceptable way to identify tobacco users in a pre-operative clinic setting.

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Accession: 052279556

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PMID: 17456531

DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdm015

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