Just asking if they smoke, seeing if they'd like to stop and if so signposting and encouraging them to get help from a local trained stop smoking adviser is probably the most powerful brief intervention we can do in General Practice.
The important point is that we don't need to get bogged down in trying to help smokers stop ourselves when there are trained advisers available with the time and expertise to get the best success rates. Our job as GPs is to get our smokers to the advisers as quickly as possible and then to support them with the treatments which they will need."
This video features in the latest Healthcare Republic Webcast – ‘Candid on Camera – a guide to smoking cessation’. To view the Webcast click here.