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Comparison of in-person versus telephonic interview on tobacco cessation in an Indian dental setting



Sathya Kumaresan, D. Sri Sakthi*, Meignana Arumugham Indiran, Arthi Balasubramaniam & Pradeep Kumar Rathinavelu



Department Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental college, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, India; *Corresponding author



Sathya Kumaresan - Email: sathu.kumaresan@gmail.com

D. Sri Sakthi – E-mail: srisakthi@saveetha.com

Meignana Arumugham Indiran – E-mail:drmei.sdc@saveetha.com

Arthi Balasubramaniam – E-mail:arthi.bds@gmail.com

Pradeep Kumar Rathinavelu – E-mail:pradeepkumarr.sdc@saveetha.com


Article Type

Research Article



Received June 1, 2023; Revised June 30, 2023; Accepted June 30, 2023, Published June 30, 2023



Oral health professionals in the dental office settings have a distinctive opportunity to increase tobacco abstinence rates among tobacco users as tobacco use has significant adverse effects on oral health. This review assesses the effectiveness of tobacco cessation interventions offered to cigarette smokers and smokeless tobacco users in the dental office setting. The following electronic retrieval systems and databases were searched for the identification of studies, The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PUBMED, GOOGLE SCHOLAR, SCIENCE DIRECT and TRIP. The review included randomized clinical trials assessing tobacco cessation interventions conducted by oral health professionals in the dental office setting. Seven   clinical trials met the criteria for inclusion in this review. All the studies have employed behavioral therapy, telephonic counseling’s and pharmacotherapy as interventional component. The rate of abstinence and biochemical validation were the outcome measurements. Since all the studies included were randomized clinical trials, the level of evidence was II. Available evidence suggests that telephonic interventions for tobacco use conducted by oral health professionals in the dental office setting may increase tobacco abstinence rates among smokers and smokeless tobacco users. This review data suggests that telephone has a pragmatic effect on interactional aspects of psychological therapy. Further research should be carried out to make conclusive recommendations regarding the intervention components that can be incorporated in the dental office settings.



Tobacco cessation, tobacco use cessation methods, telephone counseling.



Kumaresan et al. Bioinformation 19(6): 775-780 (2023)


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P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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