Despite the significant benefits of advising all smokers to quit, hospital patients who smoke do not systematically receive this advice. This study sought to determine the prevalence of smoking, attitudes of patients towards not smoking while in hospital, and the feasibility and effectiveness of a brief smoking cessation intervention in a pre-admission clinic context. Over 230 smokers received a brief smoking cessation intervention, while a control group (n = 114) received only a free Quit Kit. The age-standardised smoking prevalence was 19%; a further 3% of patients were recent quitters. Most smokers do not expect or experience problems with not smoking while in hospital. Brief smoking cessation advice tailored to stage-of-change by a health worker in a hospital pre-admission clinic significantly increased the quit rates for females.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|