New UK doctors cannot handle smoking cessation
- By: Chibuzo Odigwe
A new study across 24 medical schools in the United Kingdom has shown that most newly qualified UK doctors are ill equipped to deliver smoking cessation and rehabilitation interventions.
The study, published in Tobacco Control (2004;13:74-7), found that training in smoking cessation was seriously neglected as three fifths of preregistration house officers reported that they were unable to deliver smoking cessation interventions in accordance with national guidelines. Just 17% of preregistration house officers felt well prepared to deliver advice on using nicotine replacement therapy and only 5% could offer help on the use of bupropion, a drug used as an adjunct to smoking cessation in combination with motivational support.
The authors, from the University of Nottingham Medical School on behalf of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians, also found that 42% of the medical schools surveyed did not mention smoking nor smoking cessation in their published