Culturally-tailored education about nicotine replacement therapy needed, study says
Population-based studies have reported high rates of smoking prevalence among Chinese and Vietnamese American men. Although nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is effective, recommended, and accessible without prescription, these populations underuse NRT for smoking cessation. The aim of this study was to assess understanding and use of NRT and nonpharmacologic treatments among Chinese and Vietnamese American male smokers and their families.
In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 13 smoker-family pairs, followed by individual interviews with each participant. A total of 39 interviews were conducted in Vietnamese or Chinese, recorded, translated, and transcribed into English for analysis. The findings indicate the importance of culturally appropriate patient education about NRT. It may be necessary to teach smokers and their families at an individual level about NRT as a complementary approach that can strengthen their resolve to quit smoking. At a community level, public health education on the indication and appropriate use of evidence-based smoking cessation resources, such as NRT, would be an important component of effective tobacco control.
Article: Understanding and Use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Nonpharmacologic Smoking Cessation Strategies Among Chinese and Vietnamese Smokers and Their Families, Authors: Icarus K. Tsang, MS; Janice Y. Tsoh, PhD; Ching Wong, BS; Khanh Le, MD, MPH; Joyce W. Cheng, MS; Anthony N. Nguyen; Tung T. Nguyen, MD; Stephen J. McPhee, MD; Nancy J. Burke, PhD, Prev Chronic Dis (2014) doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.130299