Provision of smoking cessation counseling by general practitioners assisted by training and screening procedure

Sabina Ulbricht*, Christian Meyer, Anja Schumann, Hans Jürgen Rumpf, Ulfert Hapke, Ulrich John

*Corresponding author for this work
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Objective: To examine which counseling behavior among GPs can be achieved after counseling training when organizational support is provided. Methods: A random sample of 39 general practices was drawn, 34 took part. GPs received a pre-study assessment followed by a training session for smoking counseling. All patients showing up during a period of 1 week were asked about smoking status. Current smokers, aged 18-70 years were eligible (N = 551), 81.8% participated. A documentation sheet, filled in by a study nurse transferred smoking-related information about patient to the GP. GPs were advised to fill in a post-counseling assessment for every patient. A post-study assessment with the GPs was conducted. Results: Frequent barriers for smoking counseling were lack of time and the assumption that patients were not motivated to quit. The GP's documented smoking counseling in 96.0%. The patients (87.8%) could be thoroughly counseled. Younger age of the GP, a high number of patients and the contemplation stage quitting smoking were predictors for realizing counseling. 79.3% of the GPs assessed the procedure to be practicable. Conclusions: Smoking counseling in the general practice is feasible. Practice implication: Involving staff in the screening procedure may support counseling activity of the GP.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)232-238
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 10.2006

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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