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Brief advice from other health professionals may also increase quitting in smokers unselected for motivation to stop.

Although there are no adequate studies specifically examining the ability of non-physician clinicians to motivate smokers by providing brief advice during normal care, given the evidence that such clinicians can assist in smoking cessation among those already motivated, they are likely to be able to motivate smokers as well. More intensive interventions from other clinicians including nurses and midwives have been shown to be effective and are addressed elsewhere.

Katz DA, Muehlenbruch DR, Brown RL, Fiore MC, Baker TB; AHRQ Smoking Cessation Guideline Study Group. Effectiveness of implementing the agency for healthcare research and quality smoking cessation clinical practice guideline: a randomized, controlled trial. J Nat Cancer Inst. 2004; 96: 594-603.

Fiore MC, McCarthy DE, Jackson TC, Zehner ME, Jorenby DE, Mielke M, Smith SS, Guiliani TA, Baker TB. Integrating smoking cessation treatment into primary care: An effectiveness study. Prev Med. 2004; 38: 412-420.

Brief interventions and referral for smoking cessation in primary care and other settings. NHS National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK, March 2006. logo
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