215843 Association of clinical advice to quit smoking and intention to quit smoking

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pamela R. Jones, PhD, MPH, RN , Department of Community-Based Health, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Mohammad Siahpush, PhD , Health Promotion, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Lava Timsina, MPH , Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Background and aim: An individual's intention to quit smoking is a strong predictor of smoking quit attempts. While a clinician's advice to quit has been associated with smoking cessation, little is known about how such advice affects intention to quit. The aim of this study was to fill this gap in the literature. Method: We used data from the 2006-2007 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS). The analysis was limited to current smokers who had seen a clinician (physician or dentist) in the past year. Multivariate logistic regression was conducted to estimate the association of clinician's smoking cessation advice and intention to quit smoking. Results: About 68% of smokers who had visited a clinician were advised to quit smoking. The odds of having an intention to quit was 44% higher in smokers who were advised by a clinician to quit smoking than in those who did not receive such advice. Discussion: Clinicians have an important role in influencing an individual's intention to quit smoking. Interventions that address health care professional's ability to advise patients in smoking cessation may result in increased smoking attempts.

Learning Areas:
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the influence of clinician's influence on smoking cessation. Describe the association between a clinician's advice to quit smoking and a patient's intention to quit smoking.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conduct tobacco control research in the areas of health disparities and tobacco cessation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.