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185842 - Implementing a systematic approach to smoking cessation in general practice - a quality improvement activity (Updated)

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
22 hrs

As a part of Quit Victoria and CCV's commitment to smoking cessation, the aim of this activity is 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

Relevance to General Practice

Despite smoking rates in the general population declining, smoking rates remain high in priority populations, including those living with mental illness and people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Smoking has far-reaching impacts on people's health, financial and social wellbeing, and has negative impacts on many aspects of medical care. 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, which includes a proactive referral for behavioural intervention through Quitline and prescribing smoking cessation pharmacotherapy, helps people who smoke to quit. One in every 33 brief advice conversations will lead to a patient successfully quitting.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the evidence that supports the use of brief advice for smoking cessation in general practice
  • Provide staff members and patients with a supportive general practice environment, that is conducive to making quit attempts
  • Analyse and use patient data, to identify all patients who smoke and to target and tailor smoking cessation messages to practice's cohort of smokers
  • Implement a system within the practice to manage and follow up patients who are current smokers
  • Deliver evidence-based smoking cessation brief advice to current smokers, including referral to counselling and NRT if required
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Addiction medicine
    Partnering organisations

    Alfred Health, Gippsland Primary Health Network

    Activity sponsor

    Please note - it is free for Victorian participants, but there is a $20 cost for interstate participants.

    185842 - Implementing a systematic approach to smoking cessation in general practice - a quality improvement activity (Updated)
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    22 hrs
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    44 cpd
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