Smoking Prevention and Primary Physician's and Patient's Characteristics
Abstract:Objective : To describe relationships between primary physician and patient characteristics and the approach to prevention and quitting of smoking.
Methods : A questionnaire composed of descriptions of cases and clinic activities was given to primary physicians.
Results : Fewer smoking physicians use written materials, yet former smokers more often recommend smoking cessation groups. Greatest efforts are invested in high-risk patients. However, former smokers invest greater efforts among youth and pregnant women. Workload and patient's main complaint exert great influence on raising the subject.
Conclusions : The various attitudes of physicians emphasize the importance of physician education that should be according to their smoking habits.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Instructor, Department of Family Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv, Israel and Maccabi Healthcare Services.
Publication date: 2009-11-01
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