Treating tobacco dependence in older adults: a survey of primary care clinicians’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice

Post date: Aug 6, 2015 7:05:37 AM

A cross-sectional survey of 427 NHS primary care clinicians in a large English city was conducted using modified version of a previously validated questionnaire. One hundred and seventy one clinicians (40 % response rate) completed the survey. Self-reported attendance at smoking-related training was significantly associated with proactive clinical practice. The authors conclude that there is a need to improve clinicians’ knowledge, in relation to smoking and smoking cessation in older patients and to build clinician confidence in seizing teachable moments.

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