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Use of tobacco and alcohol by Swiss primary care physicians: a cross-sectional survey

Published inBMC Public Health, vol. 7, 5
Publication date2007

Health behaviours among doctors has been suggested to be an important marker of how harmful lifestyle behaviours are perceived. In several countries, decrease in smoking among physicians was spectacular, indicating that the hazard was well known. Historical data have shown that because of their higher socio-economical status physicians take up smoking earlier. When the dangers of smoking become better known, physicians began to give up smoking at a higher rate than the general population. For alcohol consumption, the situation is quite different: prevalence is still very high among physicians and the dangers are not so well perceived. To study the situation in Switzerland, data of a national survey were analysed to determine the prevalence of smoking and alcohol drinking among primary care physicians.

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking/epidemiology/psychology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physician Impairment
  • Physicians, Family/psychology/statistics & numerical data
  • Prevalence
  • Risk-Taking
  • Smoking/epidemiology/psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Switzerland/epidemiology
Citation (ISO format)
SEBOE, Paul et al. Use of tobacco and alcohol by Swiss primary care physicians: a cross-sectional survey. In: BMC Public Health, 2007, vol. 7, p. 5. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-7-5
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