Smoking cessation: One-fourth of patients take physicians' advice

February 1993
Geriatrics;Feb1993, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p17
Academic Journal
The article reports that physicians can persuade patients to significantly alter their smoking habits in dose to one-fourth of cases, according to results of a survey of family physicians recently published in the journal "Texas Medicine." The best approach varies from patient to patient, but the key is simply telling them to quit. The doctor can also bring the patient back for reinforcement or recommend a smoking cessation program or other kinds of counseling. One-fourth of patients take physicians' advice.


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