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Table 1 Descriptive statistics about HP’s perceptions according to their academic background: GHPSS 2011, Pakistan (n = 3445)

From: Health professional students’ perceptions regarding their role in tobacco control: findings from the Global Health Professional Students Survey, Pakistan, 2011

Perception   Dental n (%) Medical n (%) Pharmacy n (%) p-value
Do HPs serve as “role models” for their patients and the public? Yes 274 (84.6) 1748 (76.9) 664 (78.2) 0.008
No 50 (15.4) 524 (23.1) 185 (21.8)  
Do HPs have a role in giving advice or information about tobacco use cessation to patients? Yes 295 (91.0) 2014 (88.6) 706 (83.2) < 0.001
No 29 (9.0) 258 (11.4) 143 (16.8)  
Are a patient’s chances of quitting tobacco use increased if a HP advises him or her to quit? Yes 267 (82.4) 1813 (79.8) 689 (81.2) 0.437
No 57 (17.6) 459 (20.2) 160 (18.8)  
Should HPs routinely advise their patients who use tobacco to quit using it? Yes 281 (86.7) 1958 (86.2) 695 (81.9) 0.007
  No 43 (13.3) 314 (13.8) 154 (18.1)