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Patient receipt of smoking cessation care in four Australian acute psychiatric facilities

Metse, A.P.ORCID: 0000-0002-8641-1024, Wiggers, J., Wye, P. and Bowman, J.A. (2018) Patient receipt of smoking cessation care in four Australian acute psychiatric facilities. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27 (5). pp. 1556-1563.

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This study aimed to report the receipt of smoking care, and associated clinical and smoking characteristics among smokers admitted to four public psychiatric inpatient facilities in New South Wales, Australia. Between October 2012 and July 2014, adult smokers (N = 236) were surveyed during admission to and 1 month following discharge from the facilities. Measures of smoking care receipt were reported descriptively, and logistic regression analyses were used to explore characteristics associated with care receipt. The majority of participants were offered (78%) and used (78%) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), with 66% of NRT‐users reporting the amount provided was sufficient to reduce cravings. A minority of participants (16%) received information or advice to quit smoking, and 60% reported smoking throughout their admission. Patients not contemplating quitting and those with non‐psychotic disorders were more likely to receive an offer of NRT. The findings suggest the provision of smoking care in Australian acute psychiatric units is sub‐optimal overall, with an indication that care may be provided selectively to certain patients, rather than systematically to all. Development and dissemination of interventions to increase smoking care provision in inpatient psychiatry are needed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2018 The Authors
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