Journal article

A strategy for involving general practitioners in smoking control

R Mullins, P Livingston, R Borland

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC AUSTRALIA INC | Published : 1999


OBJECTIVE: In 1991, the Victorian Smoking and Health Program introduced a simple intervention strategy for general practitioners that could be integrated conveniently and inexpensively into the routine care of patients who smoke. The aim of this study was to determine whether there had been a change over time in whether or not GPs advised their patients not to smoke. METHOD: The extent to which smokers remembered GPs talking to them about smoking was assessed in population-based surveys of adults in Victoria in 1990 (prior to the implementation of the intervention) and in 1992, 1994 and 1996. RESULTS: Over time there was a significant increase in the proportion of smokers who reported that t..

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