Trends of Tobacco Consumption Among Women Admitted to and Visiting the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit of a Tertiary Care Center in Mumbai: A Cross-Sectional Study



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Objective: To gain insight into the current prevalence of tobacco consumption in various forms among female psychiatric inpatients and their visiting female relatives in Mumbai, India.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, survey questionnaires were administered to 127 female inpatients and 110 of their visiting female relatives from July to October 2016. A total of 100 patients and 108 of their relatives completed responses. Additionally, a modified version of the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence was incorporated into the survey to assess the level of nicotine dependence, with higher scores corresponding to higher levels of dependence.

Results: The rates of tobacco use were higher in the patients than in their relatives (χ2 = 12.13, P = .0003). Patients had shorter periods of abstinence and lower World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment parameters.

Conclusions: This study sheds light on certain data that may be utilized for future health programs and in the development of treatment plans for women with mental illness.​​

Prim Care Companion CNS Disord 2019;21(3):18m02422