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How cardiac patients describe the role of their doctors in smoking cessation: a qualitative study


Hansen, EC and Nelson, MR, How cardiac patients describe the role of their doctors in smoking cessation: a qualitative study, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17, (3) pp. 268-273. ISSN 1448-7527 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/PY10082


This article reports a qualitative study investigating patients’ experiences of ongoing smoking or smoking cessation after hospitalisation for an acute coronary syndrome (myocardial infarction or unstable angina) and describes how study participants spoke about the role of their doctors in smoking cessation. We invited individuals who had been admitted to an Australian public hospital in 2005 with a discharge diagnosis of an acute cardiac syndrome and who were smokers at the time of their hospitalisation to participate. Participants underwent a semi-structured interview and ongoing smokers also completed a ‘stages of change’ questionnaire. In total, 35 participants were interviewed, including 14 who were no longer smoking at least 12 months after their admission and 21 who were. Findings gave insight into the ways that cardiac patients perceive smoking cessation advice from their doctors, the perceived stigma of smoking and how lay understandings about smoking and smoking cessation emphasise the role of choice and individual responsibility. Our findings also indicate considerable scope for GPs and other doctors to offer better smoking cessation support to patients with established cardiovascular disease, particularly after a period of hospitalisation when the majority are highly motivated to stop smoking.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cardiovascular disease, qualitative research, secondary prevention
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hansen, EC (Dr Emily Hansen)
UTAS Author:Nelson, MR (Professor Mark Nelson)
ID Code:73198
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-09-20
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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