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Scripted Intervention: A Map for Smoking Cessation Counseling

Citation

Hartmann, 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.

Abstract

Primary 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.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/S1068-607X(96)00034-0

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1996

Journal Title

Primary Care Update for OB/GYNS

Author(s)

Hartmann, Katherine E.
Thorp, John M., Jr.