A smoking reduction and cessation program with ...



Title A smoking reduction and cessation program with registered nurses: findings and implications for community health nursing
Author(s) K. Chalmers, I. J. Bramadat, B. Cantin, Donna A. Murnaghan, E. Shuttleworth, S. Scott-Findlay, D. Tataryn
Journal Journal of Community Health Nursing
Date 2001
Volume 18
Start page 115
End page 134
Abstract A smoking reduction and cessation program was implemented with registered nurses in 3 Canadian provinces. Nurses (n = 117) participated in either an 8-week group or self-directed program using a resource specifically designed for nurses. Questionnaires were administered prior to and at the end of the 8-week interventions and at 6 and 12 months postintervention. Statistically significant changes at 8 weeks in nurses' smoking practices were found on the number of nurses continuing to smoke, mean number of cigarettes smoked, and movement in the stage of behavioral change. Attrition and variation in patterns of quitting over the 12-month study period made assessing participants' longer term outcomes difficult. This study highlights the complexity of assisting nurses to quit smoking and of implementing and evaluating a program based on accepted community health models of practice.

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