Journal article

Improving smoking cessation support for people with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative analysis of clinicians' views and current practice

Lisa B Grech, Assunta Hunter, Roshan das Nair, Ron Borland, Claudia H Marck

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND RELATED DISORDERS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Introduction Smoking is a key modifiable risk factor in multiple sclerosis (MS). MS healthcare providers have a central role informing people of the deleterious effects of smoking on MS progression and promote smoking cessation, yet there is limited information about smoking cessation and support provided by these providers. This study aimed to gain an understanding of MS healthcare providers current practices, barriers and facilitators related to providing smoking cessation support for people with MS. Methods A total of 13 MS nurses and 6 neurologists working in public and private MS clinics across Australia were recruited through professional networks and MS organisations. Telephone interv..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by grants from The University of Mel-bourne, Quit Victoria and MS Research Australia. CHM is funded by an Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council and MS Research Australia Fellowship. LBG is funded by a MS Research Australia Fellowship.