Validation of a willingness-to-quit questionnaire for use among active tobacco products users in medical practice
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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
Publication date: 2019-10-12
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David Onchonga   

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pécs, Vörösmarty Mihály utca 4, 7621 Pécs, Hungary
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2019;17(Suppl 1):A23
Notwithstanding the declines in proportions of tobacco product users, tobacco products usage continues to be among the substantial public health concern in the recent times. Stopping usage of tobacco products can result in decrease of numerous health conditions. The succinct Willingness to Quit (WTQ) questionnaire can be applied in day to day medical practice to evaluate the ability of tobacco product users to cease smoking and constructively engage healthcare providers and tobacco product users in a conversation on cessation of tobacco products. To undertake validation of WTQ questionnaire for use among active tobacco product users in medical practice.

We undertook a meticulous, qualitative interviews with 15 active tobacco products users and 5 general practitioners (GPs). We undertook two sessions, in the first session, research participants were interrogated on varied factors that can sway their enthusiasm to discontinue consuming tobacco products. In the second session, we presented a copy of the WTQ questionnaire and requested them to mention their level of comprehension and interpretability of the items and the practicability of finishing the questionnaire in medical practice.

All the study participants (n=15) and GPs (n=5) interrogated denoted that the items were plausible and appropriate to measure willingness to quit. The questionnaire was contemplated to be simple and appropriate in medical practice.

The WTQ questionnaire is an ephemeral instrument to measure willingness to quit and to initiate a communication amongst patients and GPs. Each tobacco product user ought to be given a smoking cessation backing and enabling a dialogue on readiness to stop the use of tobacco products.

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