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Patient Educ Couns. 2010 Aug;80(2):277-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2009.11.009. Epub 2010 Jan 13.

Promoting engagement with a Stop Smoking Service via pro-active telephone calls.

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Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London, London, UK. andy.mcewen@ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

What proportion of smokers in a deprived area of London, contacted by telephone, are interested in quitting and accept a referral for cessation support?

METHODS:

Current smokers from records of general practitioners (GPs) were telephoned; if interested in quitting they were offered a referral to the local Stop Smoking Service (SSS) and smoking status was assessed after 6 months.

RESULTS:

Over half of current smokers (53%) were interested in receiving help to stop and 39% accepted a referral to the SSS. Six months later 21% of those contacted reported not smoking. Over one-quarter (28%) of those referred set a quit date with the service and 39% of these were recorded as abstinent four weeks after their quit date.

CONCLUSION:

Calling smokers from GP lists appears to offer promise as a means of prompting quit attempts and ensuring that the chances of these quit attempts succeeding are maximized through attendance at NHS SSS.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

GP records need to be accurate and maintained. Smoking patients can be contacted by telephone, informed about the availability of local cessation services and referred directly.

PMID:
20074891
DOI:
10.1016/j.pec.2009.11.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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