Qualitative study investigating the process of giving anti-smoking advice in general practice

Patient Educ Couns. 2004 Feb;52(2):159-63. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(03)00020-x.


General practitioners' (GPs') anti-smoking advice promotes patients' smoking cessation but little is known about how GPs use their short consultations to give advice. We used semi-structured interviews with 27 UK GPs to investigate how GPs believe they should advise smokers to stop and the reasons underpinning these beliefs. GPs reported a limited repertoire of techniques for dealing with smokers who were not motivated to stop. They also reported using confrontational advice-giving styles with patients who continued to smoke despite suffering from smoking-related illnesses. GPs might find it easier and more rewarding to discuss smoking with patients if they possessed a greater range of skills for dealing with non-motivated smokers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Family Practice* / education
  • Family Practice* / methods
  • Family Practice* / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Patient Education as Topic* / methods
  • Patient Education as Topic* / statistics & numerical data
  • Physician's Role
  • Physicians, Family / education
  • Physicians, Family / psychology*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'* / statistics & numerical data
  • Qualitative Research
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation* / psychology
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom
  • Videotape Recording