157786 - Implementing a systematic approach to smoking cessation in general practice - a quality improvement activity (Updated)
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As a part of Quit Victoria and CCV's commitment to smoking cessation, this activity has been developed to support GPs to make systematic changes to the way they encourage patients to quit smoking. The goal of the activity is to provide smokers with smoking cessation brief advice to create a momentary desire to stop smoking now and to generate a quit attempt. The four cycles include; review new and emerging literature and reading on the brief advice model, extract and examine patient data, assess the practice environment and make changes to support quit attempts, and finally implement brief advice on identified smokers. Data will be collected post PDSA cycle, looking at percentage of smokers recorded and unrecorded, and improvements will be identified if the percentage of smokers has declined OR the percentage of smokers has increased BUT the percentage of unrecorded smokers has declined.
Quit recommends completing Quit’s brief advice training (activity 149007) prior to this activity
15% of males and 12% of females are daily smokers. This number increases to 42% among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and is as high as 50% among some ethnically diverse communities. People with the lowest socioeconomic status have been found to be three times more likely to smoke than people with the highest SES and daily smokers are twice as likely to have been diagnosed or treated for a mental health condition as those who had never smoked. Quitting smoking is associated with improvements in health, including mental health. We know that GPs play a key role in providing brief interventions for smoking cessation, as recommended by the RACGP., Evidence suggests brief advice, including referral for behavioural intervention and prescribing smoking cessation pharmacotherapy, helps smokers to quit. One in every 33 conversations will lead to a patient successfully quitting.Learning outcomes