Journal article

In-practice management versus quitline referral for enhancing smoking cessation in general practice: a cluster randomized trial

Ron Borland, James Balmford, Nicole Bishop, Catherine Segan, Leon Piterman, Lisa McKay-Brown, Catherine Kirby, Caroline Tasker

FAMILY PRACTICE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: GPs are an important source of smoking cessation advice. This research examined whether a model encouraging GP referral of patients who smoke to a specialist service would be acceptable and effective for increased smoking cessation when compared with a model of in-practice management. METHODS: The study design was cluster randomized controlled trial. Practices were randomized to one of two interventions, at a rate of 1:2: (i) standard in-practice GP management or (ii) referral to a quitline service. The main outcome measures were sustained abstinence of >or=1 month duration at 3-month follow-up and >or=10 months duration at 12 months, using intention to treat analys..

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