CitationHartmann, Katherine E. & Thorp, John M., Jr. (1996). Scripted Intervention: A Map for Smoking Cessation Counseling. Primary Care Update for OB/GYNS, 3(6), 228-232.
AbstractPrimary care physicians are on the front lines in the battle against cigarette smoking. To optimize our impact, obstetrician/gynecologists must learn to use intervention tools. We describe a scripted approach for physicians to use to set the course for office-based smoking cessation counseling. Five key components are incorporated: unequivocally advising cessation; acknowledging the difficulty of quitting; providing self-help materials; setting a quit date; and encouraging the patient. This script was the central component of a successful program to reduce smoking rates in the obstetric clinic at the University of North Carolina. It is brief and well-received by patients. Put into routine clinical use it will ensure that counseling arrives at the intended destination—a plan to quit and stay quit.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitlePrimary Care Update for OB/GYNS
Author(s)Hartmann, Katherine E.
Thorp, John M., Jr.