Practices to adopt 'active' approach to smoking cessation

An 'active management' approach to smoking cessation is to set to be rolled out to GP practices over the next few months by the DoH.

The scheme will be implemented in local primary care settings with the support of trained local NHS Stop Smoking Service advisers in local primary care settings.

Paul Aveyard, from the department of primary care and general practice at Birmingham University, said the approach centres on offering patients three levels of intervention, from 30-second ‘very brief’ advice to intensive support.

‘What we are trying to do is to make the treatment of tobacco addiction routine, in a similar way to hypertension,’ he said.

‘Previously, the primary care system encouraged GPs and practice nurses to give their patients advice in terms of stop smoking. The difference here is that clinicians will now be required to actively manage their patients - such as referring them to a specialist stop smoking service.’

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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