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OHPR Abstract 75

Abstract 1990-1999

Secker-Walker RH, Solomon LJ, Flynn BS, Dana GS. Comparisons of the smoking cessation counseling activities of six types of health professionals. Prev Med. 1994 Nov;23(6):800-808.

Surveyed smoking cessation counseling activities of 6 groups of health professionals (primary care physicians [PPs]; dentists; dental hygienists; family planning counselors [FPCs]; counselors in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children [WIC]; and community mental health counselors) to explore ways to improve the effectiveness of each group's smoking cessation activities. Lists of the health professionals were obtained from state licensing boards, clinic directors, and telephone directories in 4 counties in the northeastern US. PPs, FPCs, and WIC counselors felt better prepared, and were more active, in providing cessation advice to women smokers than the other 3 groups. Levels of use of counseling activities, such as setting a quit date and arranging for follow-up visits, were generally low. Opportunities for educational interventions were apparent for each of the groups.

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