Objectives: The study aimed to determine the demographics of the clients attending a primary care based tobacco cessation clinic, examine the characteristics regarding current tobacco use among clinic attendees, identify the methods associated with previous successful quit attempts and attitudes towards and perceptions regarding the role of pharmacotherapy in tobacco cessation and determine current levels of tobacco use among attendees, reasons for successes and relapses, satisfaction with the service provided and suggestions for improvement.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted at the Arima Health Facility during the period March 1st to June 30th 2013 using both quantitative and qualitative measures.
Results: A total of 31 patients were interviewed during the study period. Amongst smokers who tried to quit cigarette smoking in the past, Willpower (n = 11) was cited as the most common method that assisted in smoking cessation. However, amongst clinic attendees the most popular perceived methods for promoting tobacco cessation amongst respondents was joining a Tobacco Cessation clinic (n = 23), followed by Quitting on your own (n = 13) and seeing a Physician (n = 8). Significant gaps in knowledge exist regarding the role and availability of pharmacologic agents in promoting tobacco cessation, 22.6% of respondents were not using tobacco at the time of the study and 96.7% of all patients attending this clinic would recommend it to a friend or co-worker who is trying to quit using tobacco.
Conclusion: This study highlights the knowledge, attitudes, practices, perceptions and expectations of clients accessing care at this tobacco cessation clinic in order to obtain a better understanding of the demographics of the clients and provide feedback on what is being done to date. It is hoped that the baseline findings of this study will serve a useful purpose for improving the quality of care by addressing deficiencies in knowledge and meeting the expectations of the clients. The results will enable future efforts geared towards assessing the effectiveness of the interventions provided at this clinic.