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African American Primary Care Physicians' Perceptions and Practices Regarding Smoking Cessation

Tuesday, November 9, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Balls JE, Price JH, Dake JA, Jordan TR, Khuder S. J Natl Med Assoc. 2010 Jul;102(7):579-89.
This study examined African American primary care physicians’ perceptions and practices regarding smoking cessation counseling. While most reported asking about patients’ smoking status (89%) and documenting it (70%), arranging follow-up was the least frequently used component (60%). Study participants were far less likely to recommend nicotine replacement therapy, prescribe pharmacotherapy, and to provide support or follow-up for patients willing to quit. The authors conclude that physicians need more education in providing cessation counseling.

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