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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
Building capacity for a tobacco-free world
July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Objective: The role of health professionals in tobacco control is very important. They can also play an important role in effectively implementing certain provisions of the WHO FCTC. The World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) developed the instrument for Global Health Professionals Pilot Surveys to collect data on tobacco use and cessation counseling among health professional students in WHO Member States.
Methods: Among 170 medical schools in India 15 medical colleges has been selected on probability proportion to the enrollment size of different schools. In selected medical schools all third year students are eligible for participation. The GHPS is a self-administered survey, with a standard methodology.
Results: The fieldwork is ongoing
Conclusion: Collection of this data will help India in formulating and strengthening training of health professional students for providing tobacco cessation counseling and other things that helps in formulating comprehensive tobacco control policy in medical schools and hospitals, clinics and communities.