Table 1

 Responses of medical and surgical pre-registration house officers (PRHO), medical senior house officers (SHO), respiratory specialist registrars (SpR), and general medicine consultants to history taking questionnaire and scenario assessment. Results are based on returned questionnaires

Medical/ surgical PRHOMedical SHORespiratory SpRMedical consultant
Number surveyed23111817
Number of respondents (%)18 (78.3)11 (100)16 (88.9)10 (55.6)
Converts ready made cigarette use into “pack years” in clinical practice (% of respondents)13 (72.2)4 (36.3)14 (87.5)3 (30)
Converts loose tobacco use into “pack years” in clinical practice (% of respondents)0 (0)0 (0)3 (18.8)2 (20)
Scenario score (maximum 5) for conversion of ready made cigarettes into pack years (mean (SD) of respondents)4.2 (1.1)3.9 (1.9)4.6 (0.6)3.2 (2.3)
Scenario score (maximum 5) for conversion of loose tobacco use into pack years (mean (SD) of respondents)0 (0)0 (0)0.2 (0.4)0 (0)