Smokers Ages 50+: Who Gets Physician Advice to Quit?

Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, United States
Preventive Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.09). 11/2000; 31(4):364-9. DOI: 10.1006/pmed.2000.0721
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Smoking-related morbidity and mortality, and benefits associated with quitting, extend across the life span. Health care provider interventions enhance quitting. The present study examined perceived influence of physician advice to quit and characteristics of subjects receiving this advice.
Subjects were 1,454 smokers ages 50+ with at least one physician visit in the past year. Subjects were surveyed at baseline for receipt of and reactions to physician advice to quit and for smoking, health, and demographic characteristics.
Over half of subjects welcomed physician advice to quit, about half said the advice influenced their quitting decision "extremely" or "quite a lot," and about one-third indicated that it increased their confidence in quitting. Physicians were more likely to advise sicker patients, indicated by poorer health status, at least one past year hospitalization, and presence of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, or respiratory diseases.
Midlife and older smokers reacted generally favorably to physician advice to quit. Physicians were more likely to advise patients with commonly recognized smoking-related diseases. Discrepancies were noted in advice given to sicker vs healthier patients. Additional physician training in less commonly recognized smoking-related illnesses, intervening with healthier patients to prevent disease, and enhancing patients' confidence in quitting may improve outcomes.

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    • "The majority of tobacco users (81.5%) knew the importance of being advised and reported that being advised could help them quit tobacco use. Since smokers have been documented to respond favorably to their physicians' advice, [29] not screening patients for and advising patients against tobacco use constitute serious omissions, with both clinical and public health implications. Screening and providing brief cessation advice improve the probability of patients' quitting tobacco use and has the potential to decrease the several thousand deaths from tobacco use, allowing for a rechanneling of resources expended on the treatment of tobacco-related diseases to other more pressing health needs, such as HIV and AIDS treatment. "
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    • "In this paper we report the short-term outcomes of a randomized controlled trial of a strategy to offer telephone-based cessation counseling to health plan members who smoked and who did or did not have smoking-related chronic diseases. We included a study arm of smoking members with chronic diseases because other studies have shown that these patients are significantly more likely to be counseled by physicians and because cessation is particularly important for them (Jaen, Crabtree, Zyzanski, Goodwin, & Stange, 1997; Jaen, Stange, Tumiel, & Nutting, 1998; Thorndike, Rigotti, Stafford, & Singer, 1998; Ossip-Klein et al., 2000). We hypothesized that, compared with a control group, providing proactive telephone counseling would increase use of the medication, quit attempts, and smoking cessation rates among health plan members filling a prescription for covered smoking cessation medications. "
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    • "Goldstein et al. (1998), in a survey of a representative sample of primary-care physicians, report that 67 percent ask and 74 percent advise their patients about smoking. A recent survey of older smokers (ages 50 and up) finds that over 80 percent of those who were advised to quit said that the advice influenced their quitting decision " extremely " or " quite a lot " and that it increased their confidence in quitting (Ossip-Klein et al., 2000). Lancaster and Stead "
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