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Addressing high rates of smoking in remote aboriginal communities: new evidence for GPs

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective

    To inform smoking interventions by clinicians, particularly doctors, in primary healthcare settings in remote Aboriginal communities, we describe the results of tobacco surveys in remote Northern Territory communities.

    Methods

    During 2008–09 in three remote communities in the Northern Territory, 400 people (aged ≥16 years) were asked about their tobacco use.

    Results

    Extremely high rates of smoking persist: 71%, 78% and 82% of those interviewed in the three communities. More than half the smokers were either thinking about or actively trying to quit, despite limited access to appropriate support. Among former smokers, the most common motivator for quitting was ‘health concerns’. Of those citing ‘health concerns’, 22% specifically mentioned receiving advice from a clinician, usually a ‘doctor’.

    Conclusion

    General practitioners, and their colleagues in similar primary healthcare settings, are well placed and are strongly encouraged to take every opportunity to make what could be a significant impact on reducing harms related to smoking and environmental smoke.

UOW Authors


  •   Robertson, Jan (external author)
  •   Conigrave, Kate M. (external author)
  •   Ivers, Rowena
  •   Hindmarsh, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Clough, Alan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Robertson, J., Conigrave, K., Ivers, R., Hindmarsh, E. & Clough, A. (2013). Addressing high rates of smoking in remote aboriginal communities: new evidence for GPs. Australian Family Physician, 42 (7), 492-496.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84880723744

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1002

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 492

End Page


  • 496

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Objective

    To inform smoking interventions by clinicians, particularly doctors, in primary healthcare settings in remote Aboriginal communities, we describe the results of tobacco surveys in remote Northern Territory communities.

    Methods

    During 2008–09 in three remote communities in the Northern Territory, 400 people (aged ≥16 years) were asked about their tobacco use.

    Results

    Extremely high rates of smoking persist: 71%, 78% and 82% of those interviewed in the three communities. More than half the smokers were either thinking about or actively trying to quit, despite limited access to appropriate support. Among former smokers, the most common motivator for quitting was ‘health concerns’. Of those citing ‘health concerns’, 22% specifically mentioned receiving advice from a clinician, usually a ‘doctor’.

    Conclusion

    General practitioners, and their colleagues in similar primary healthcare settings, are well placed and are strongly encouraged to take every opportunity to make what could be a significant impact on reducing harms related to smoking and environmental smoke.

UOW Authors


  •   Robertson, Jan (external author)
  •   Conigrave, Kate M. (external author)
  •   Ivers, Rowena
  •   Hindmarsh, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Clough, Alan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Robertson, J., Conigrave, K., Ivers, R., Hindmarsh, E. & Clough, A. (2013). Addressing high rates of smoking in remote aboriginal communities: new evidence for GPs. Australian Family Physician, 42 (7), 492-496.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84880723744

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1002

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 492

End Page


  • 496

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • Australia