Higher rates of smoking cessation with nurse help

Patients attending four or more sessions with a practice nurse had significantly higher cessation rates at six months – point prevalence abstinence of 32% versus 9%, and 25% versus 3% for continuous abstinence. 

The use of nicotine replacement therapy increased the rates of point prevalence and continuous abstinence but not significantly. 

Point prevalence ratios were a snapshot of the participants who had stopped smoking at a particular date during the study.

A total of 98% of patients who responded to the follow-up survey rated the support they had received from the practice nurse as very helpful, or helpful. 

All comments indicated they may have been more successful in quitting if they had attended more sessions with their practice nurse.

Nurses were provided with a four-hour training program based on Australian clinical practice guidelines, and given support by a project officer.

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