Quit advice given by rheumatologists not consistent
Two out of three rheumatologist give smoking cessation advice to their patients, an international study finds.
But only 1 in 5 rheumatology departments had either a specific protocol or written advice for smoking cessation, the study that included 44 departments and 25 countries found.
Patients were most likely to be given advice if they attended an early arthritis clinic or came from a high GDP country, the QUEST-RA group found.
The first to explore the delicate subject of the smoking habits of rheumatologists, the study found that the number of rheumatologists who did smoke was low (6%).