Hebammen und Rauchen - Einstellungen, Rauchstatus und Beratungskompetenz im Ausbildungsverlauf

Translated title of the contribution: Midwives and smoking - Attitudes, smoking status and counselling competence in the course of training

K. Vitzthum*, M. Laux, F. Koch, D. A. Groneberg, B. Kusma, C. Schwarz, W. Pankow, S. Mache

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Tobacco consumption is a major public health threat. Midwives can contribute to the reduction of tobacco use among pregnant women and young families. It can be assumed that personal smoking behaviour and knowledge of harmful effects influences counselling activities. The aim of this study was to assess smoking status, nicotine dependency and the will to change of midwifery students in german-speaking countries. Broad data on this population is not available so far. In 2010, a self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted among Austrian, German and Swiss midwifery schools. Sociodemographic characteristics, smoking habits, personal attitudes towards smoking, knowledge of cessation strategies, perceived self-efficacy and competence to counsel pregnant women regarding their smoking habits of midwifery trainees were examined. 1 126 students and 38 teaching midwives answered this questionnaire (RR=61.8%). 22.7% are daily or occasional smokers. 6.8% have to be considered as medium and heavy smokers. 98.1% consider cessation counselling for pregnant and breast-feeding women as a midwife's task, while 76.5% feel competent enough to do so. 75.5% rate cessation counselling through midwives as effective stop-smoking procedures compared to blurry knowledge on related health risks and effective stop-smoking strategies. The self-reported smoking prevalence is considerably lower than in previous studies and other populations. Knowledge of harmful effects and of effective treatment options needs improvement. Counselling competence needs to be included in a broader way in midwifery curricula.

Translated title of the contributionMidwives and smoking - Attitudes, smoking status and counselling competence in the course of training
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Research Areas and Centers

  • Health Sciences

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-02 Public Health, Health Services Research and Social Medicine
  • 205-21 Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • 109-02 General and Domain-Specific Teaching and Learning

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