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Nurse support key factor in quit rates

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Nurse-led smoking cessation support can significantly increase the chances of patients successfully quitting, according to a Cochrane Review.

US researchers studied 31 clinical trials involving 12,000 adult smokers, comparing nursing intervention with usual care. They found 15–20% of those who received smoking cessation strategies from nurses were successful in quitting, compared with less than 3% of those who had no intervention.
Lead author Virginia Hill Rice, professor of nursing at Wayne State University nursing college in Michigan, said: ‘As people go through withdrawal, they need guidance and continual support. As health advocates, [nurses] can have a profound effect on the reduction of tobacco use.’

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2008): 1

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