Journal article

A survey of UK optometry trainees' smoking cessation training

Fabiana Lorencatto, Alice M Harper, Jill J Francis, John G Lawrenson

OPHTHALMIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL OPTICS | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Smoking is a risk factor for a number of eye conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and thyroid eye disease. Smoking cessation interventions have been shown to be highly cost-effective when delivered by a range of healthcare professionals. Optometrists are well placed to deliver smoking cessation advice to a wide population of otherwise healthy smokers. Yet optometrists remain a relatively neglected healthcare professional group in smoking cessation research and policy. Surveys of UK medical/nursing schools and of optometrists' training internationally demonstrate significant deficits in current curricular coverage regarding smoking cessation. This stud..

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