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Smoking Cessation Counseling in Family Medicine: Changing Patient Perceptions

Tuesday, January 14, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
J Prim Care Community Health. 2014 Jan 8
Smoking Cessation Counseling in Family Medicine: Changing Patient Perceptions.
Johns TL, Metzger K, Lawrence E.

This study sought to determine if a provider visual cue improves patient perception that smoking cessation counseling occurred. This was a quasi-experimental intervention study with a pre-post test design. The intervention was a quitline reference card attached to the billing form as a prompt for providers to address smoking cessation. Compared with preintervention, more patients perceived the recommendation for a smoking cessation course postintervention (40% vs 83%, P < .05). Providing a visual cue such as a quitline card is an effective and inexpensive means of prompting a provider to discuss smoking cessation and can be easily integrated into practice. The results indicate that this strategy improves patient perceptions of counseling.

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