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Smoking Prevention and Primary Physician's and Patient's Characteristics

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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.

Keywords: primary care physician; smoking cessation; smoking habits; smoking prevention

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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