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Asia Pac J Public Health. 2015 Mar;27(2):NP143-53. doi: 10.1177/1010539511426472. Epub 2011 Dec 23.

Does change in perception following counseling result in improved quitting outcome among Malaysian smokers?

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  • 1University of Technology MARA, Selangor, Malaysia University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia sitimu.yasin@gmail.com.
  • 2University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 3National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors examined the effects that change in perception about the advantages and disadvantages of smoking and quitting had on quitting outcome among smokers enrolled in a program for smoking cessation.

METHODS:

A total of 185 smokers from 2 public universities who were interested in quitting received smoking cessation counseling on understanding the risks and benefits of quitting (or smoking) in addition to a course of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). A decisional balance questionnaire (DBQ) was administered at baseline and at 2 months postcounseling to determine and assess changes in smoking perception.

RESULTS:

After counseling, 72.3% of smokers had reduced their perceptions about the advantages of smoking, and 66.4% had increased perceptions of disadvantages of smoking. At the eighth week, 51 participants (27%) had quit. Smokers who had reduced perceptions of the advantages of smoking had significantly higher quit rates compared with those with no improvement in perception (82.6% vs 17.4%; odds ratio = 2.47; 95% confidence interval = 1.00-6.10).

CONCLUSION:

After counseling, smokers did change their perception of the advantages and disadvantages of smoking during the quitting process. These changes are associated with a higher likelihood of smoking cessation.

KEYWORDS:

Malaysian; counseling; decisional balance; perception; smoking cessation

PMID:
22199150
DOI:
10.1177/1010539511426472
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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