Scripted intervention: A map for smoking cessation counseling

Katherine E. Hartmann, John M. Thorp

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Primary care physicians are on the front lines in the battle against cigarette smoking. To optimize our impact, obstetrician/gynecologists must learn to use intervention tools. We describe a scripted approach for physicians to use to set the course for office-based smoking cessation counseling. Five key components are incorporated: unequivocally advising cessation; acknowledging the difficulty of quitting; providing self-help materials; setting a quit date; and encouraging the patient. This script was the central component of a successful program to reduce smoking rates in the obstetric clinic at the University of North Carolina. It is brief and well- received by patients. Put into routine clinical use it will ensure that counseling arrives at the intended destination-a plan to quit and stay quit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-232
Number of pages5
JournalPrimary Care Update for Ob/Gyns
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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