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Treating tobacco dependence in older adults: a survey of primary care clinicians’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Family Practice, August 2015
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Title
Treating tobacco dependence in older adults: a survey of primary care clinicians’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice
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BMC Family Practice, August 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12875-015-0317-7
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Lisa Huddlestone, Gemma Michelle Walker, Robana Hussain-Mills, Elena Ratschen

Abstract

The benefits of smoking cessation among older people are well documented. Despite this, evidence suggests that older smokers are rarely engaged in smoking cessation efforts, and that existing tobacco dependence treatments require further tailoring to the specific needs of older smokers. This study assesses the knowledge, attitudes, and clinical practice of primary care clinicians in relation to addressing tobacco dependence among older people. A cross-sectional survey of 427 NHS primary care clinicians in a large English city was conducted using modified version of a previously validated questionnaire. One hundred and seventy one clinicians (40 % response rate) completed the survey. While the majority (90.0 %) of respondents reported enquiring regularly about older patients' smoking status, just over half (59.1 %) reported providing older patients with smoking cessation support. A lack of awareness in relation to the prevalence and impact of smoking in later life were apparent: e.g. only 47 % of respondents were aware of that approximately 10 life years are lost due to smoking related disease, and only 59 % knew that smoking can reduce the effectiveness of medication prescribed for conditions common in later life. Self-reported attendance at smoking-related training was significantly associated with proactive clinical practice. There is a need to improve clinicians' knowledge, in relation to smoking and smoking cessation in older patients and to build clinician confidence in seizing teachable moments.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Kenya 1 4%
Unknown 26 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 5 19%
Student > Bachelor 4 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 15%
Student > Master 4 15%
Unspecified 2 7%
Other 8 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 8 30%
Psychology 6 22%
Unspecified 4 15%
Social Sciences 3 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 7%
Other 4 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 October 2015.
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#4,728,965
of 9,190,008 outputs
Outputs from BMC Family Practice
#700
of 1,066 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#113,543
of 232,996 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Family Practice
#39
of 53 outputs
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