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Title: Smoking bans in mental health hospitals in Japan: barriers to implementation.
Other Titles: 日本の精神科病院における禁煙状況と禁煙化への障壁についての考察
Authors: Hashimoto, Kazumichi
Makinodan, Manabu
Matsuda, Yasuhiro
Morimoto, Tsubasa
Ueda, Shotaro
Kishimoto, Toshifumi
橋本, 和典
牧之段, 学
松田, 康裕
盛本, 翼
上田, 昇太郎
岸本, 年史
Keywords: Smoking ban
Mental health hospital
Psychiatric symptoms
Issue Date: 29-Oct-2015
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Annals of general psychiatry Vol.14 Article No.35 (2015.10)
Abstract: BACKGROUND: A number of studies have reported that smoking rates are higher and smoking cessation rates are lower in patients with mental disorders than in the general population. Despite the harmful effects of smoking, implementing total smoking bans in mental health hospitals is difficult. We investigate the status of smoking bans and the barriers to the implementation of total smoking bans in Japanese mental health hospitals. METHODS: A questionnaire survey was administered to the directors of 1242 Japanese mental health hospitals in March 2013. RESULTS: Forty-nine percent (n = 612) of the hospital directors responded. Of these, 24 % implemented total smoking bans and 14 % limited the bans to hospital buildings. In 66 and 68 % of the remaining hospitals, smoking rooms were located in open and closed wards, respectively, and completely separate from nonsmoking areas. Hospitals that had not implemented total smoking bans were concerned that introducing a total ban would exacerbate patients' psychiatric symptoms (46 %) or increase the incidence of surreptitious smoking (65 %). However, of the hospitals that had implemented total smoking bans, only 2 and 30 % identified "aggravation of psychiatric symptoms" and "increased surreptitious smoking" as disadvantages, respectively. The other concerns regarding the implementation of total smoking bans were staff opposition (21 %) and incidence of smoking around hospital grounds (46 %). These concerns were overcome by educating staff about smoking and cleaning the area around the hospital. CONCLUSIONS: There are some barriers to implementing total smoking bans in Japanese mental health hospitals. However, our study indicates that implementation of total smoking bans in mental health hospitals was minimally problematic and that barriers to the implementation of smoking bans could be overcome. As the current number of hospitals that have implemented total smoking bans is low in Japan, more hospitals should introduce total smoking bans.
Description: 博士(医学)・乙第1376号・平成28年3月15日
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10564/3202
ISSN: 1744859X
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12991-015-0076-9
Academic Degrees and number: 24601B1376
Degree-granting date: 2016-03-15
Degree name: 博士(医学)
Degree-granting institutions: 奈良県立医科大学
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