* Although many medical tell people who smoke to quit, offers some tips on how to do it.
* Suppliers, who have been trained in smoking cessation techniques offer guidance more and more patients had quit smoking.
Research Source: Cochrane Library
Health Behavior News Service
Newswise – health care professionals to better help people quit smoking when they learn methods of quitting, a new library Cochrane review finds.
Education Quitting smoking helps health care providers to identify activities that help smokers quit. “The vast majority of health professionals will be asked about smoking, but very few people will give advice and support to quit,” said Christine Carson, MD, a specialist research in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Australia. Suppliers have indicated a lack of time, self-confidence and more pressing priorities in health care as reasons for not offering such advice, the study said.
Carson and her colleagues reviewed 17 clinical trials to evaluate the success of smoking cessation programs more than 1,700 health care workers and 28 500 patients.
Training of health workers, defined as doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists, ranged from a 40-minute session in a five-day workshop. “In general, the performances were not too expensive, difficult to implement, or time,” said Carson. Trained health care providers are likely to ask the patient to establish the date of cessation to the next meeting, counsel smokers and provide self-help materials.
Doctors and other providers can strongly influence the smoking habits, as almost 80 percent of people visit the first aid at least once a year, said Carson. She called for smoking cessation intervention training should be integrated into everyday medical education for all physicians and dentists.
Health training is “essential” to reduce tobacco use in their abilities, said Wendy Bjornson, co-director of the Oregon Health & Science University Smoking Center.
“While most health professionals recognize the importance of counseling patients to quit smoking, many of them do not know how to help smokers for telling them that they should leave,” said Bjornson.
Health workers also need tools in their practice, to help keep patients accountable such as setting the direction of service discontinuation. Without such a system, she said it was difficult to help patients, regardless of training.