Journal article

Effect of feedback regarding urinary cotinine and brief tailored advice on home smoking restrictions among low-income parents of children with asthma: A controlled trial

M Wakefield, D Banham, K McCaul, J Martin, R Ruffin, N Badcock, L Roberts

Preventive Medicine | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2002


BACKGROUND: Since most smoker parents of children with asthma are unable to quit, an alternative measure that would reduce their children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is to ban smoking in the home. METHODS: Compared with 136 usual-care controls, 128 intervention-group parents recruited from South Australian pediatric hospital outpatient waiting rooms were given written and verbal feedback about their 1- to 11-year-old child's urinary cotinine-to-creatinine level, information booklets, and two telephone calls encouraging a ban on smoking at home. RESULTS: At 6 months, 49.2% of the intervention group reported having banned smoking in the home compared with 41.9% of controls,..

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