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Title: Exploring and reorienting psychiatrists' attitudes regarding smoking cessation and its potential to improve mental health outcomes: a pilot study
Authors: Short, Brooke ;Giles, Luke ;Bauer, Lyndon ;Karageorge, A.
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
The University of Newcastle
Issue Date: 6-Sep-2021
Source: 29(6):663-667
Journal title: Australas Psychiatry
Department: Mental Health
Health Promotion
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to explore the knowledge, attitudes, confidence and practices of Australian psychiatrists and psychiatry registrars with regard to smoking cessation with their patients and to promote clinical practice reflection and re-framing. METHODS: A mixed-methods questionnaire was developed. Interviews were conducted via telephone or face-to-face utilising participatory action research principles. Qualitative data were de-identified and analysed following a reflexive thematic approach. RESULTS: The questionnaire was completed with 15 participants. The majority worked in the public health sector and agreed that smoking cessation could be used as a clinical tool across mental health services. However, nearly all of the participants reported being unfamiliar with the latest literature. Only one-third of participants reported having had received formal training in smoking cessation. Overwhelmingly, more training was reported as necessary and welcomed by participants. CONCLUSION: Our study has identified gaps in psychiatrists' and psychiatry registrars' knowledge and confidence regarding the promotion, initiation and oversight of smoking cessation strategies for patients. It's important that psychiatrists lead the way in re-framing and engaging with this issue, and consider smoking cessation as a tool that can improve mental health outcomes. A review of existing Australian policies, guidelines and training is recommended.
DOI: 10.1177/10398562211037321
ISSN: 1039-8562
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mental Health
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