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CMAJ. 1996 Jan 15;154(2):159-64.

Mobilizing physicians to conduct clinical intervention in tobacco use through a medical-association program: 5 years' experience in British Columbia.

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BC Doctors' Stop-Smoking Program, British Columbia Medical Association, Vancouver.


During the last 5 years, a program run by the medical association in British Columbia has recruited 23% of the province's general practitioners (GPs) to take an active, systematic approach to clinical intervention in tobacco use. Another 9% of GPs (considered "semi-active") regularly use the program's educational materials for patients, and another 25% have been trained in intervention or have been given intervention materials or both. If the cessation rate (rate of patients who quit smoking who would not otherwise have done so) was 4% among physicians actively involved in intervention and 2% among physicians considered semi-active, in 1995 an estimated 4700 smokers quit and were followed by their GPs as a result of the program. Another 135,000 smokers received brief counselling from their GPs and were also followed. This article reviews the strategies and methods used in this program to mobilize physicians.

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