Study shares data on primary care intervention boosting smoking cessation rates

Research from the National Lung Screening Trial suggests that smoking cessation following lung screenings may increase when primary care providers offer counseling and arrange follow-up sessions for patients.

The study examined the rate of delivery of the 5As (ask, advise, assess, assist, and arrange a follow-up) to 3,336 high-risk current or former smokers and its effects of each 5A method on participants’ smoking behavior. The assist method increased an individual’s chances of quitting by 40 percent, and an arranged follow-up session increased chances by 46 percent.

In their discussion of the results, researchers noted that clinicians need to actively engage in intervention with patients by offering tobacco dependence treatment approaches.

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