Journal article

Underestimation of homeless clients' interest in quitting smoking: a case for routine tobacco assessment

Sarah Maddox, Catherine Segan

HEALTH PROMOTION JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2017

Abstract

Issue addressed In Australia smoking rates among the homeless are extremely high; however, little is known about their interest in quitting and few homeless services offer cessation assistance. In an Australian homeless service, this research examined the clients' smoking from the client, staff and organisational perspectives in order to assess the need for cessation assistance for clients and identify opportunities to increase access to it. Methods Twenty-six nurses completed an anonymous survey describing their attitudes to providing smoking-cessation support, current practices and estimates of client smoking and interest in quitting. Subsequently, nurses administered a survey to 104 clien..

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