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Interest in smoking cessation among emergency department patients
Emergency Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Edwin D. Boudreaux, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Sunghye Kim, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Jessica L. Hohrmann, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Sunday Clark, Harvard Medical School
  • Carlos A. Camargo, Jr., Harvard Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Emergency Medicine
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Adult; Ambulatory Care; Counseling; Emergency Medical Services; Female; Humans; Male; *Motivation; Referral and Consultation; Smoking; Smoking Cessation

The authors interviewed adult patients presenting to 4 Boston emergency departments (EDs) about their smoking, quit attempts, and interest in an outpatient referral. Of the 539 patients enrolled, 26% were current smokers. Of the current smokers, 72% had tried to quit in the past year, and 34% wanted an outpatient referral. Current smokers were younger than nonsmokers and were less likely to have a high school education, primary care provider, and private insurance. The findings of this study reinforce the potential benefit of routine screening for smoking and interest in quitting in the ED. Because many underinsured Americans use the ED as a source of regular health care, the public health implications of increasing screening, counseling, and referral for smokers are substantial.

DOI of Published Version
Health Psychol. 2005 Mar;24(2):220-4. Link to article on publisher's site
At the time of publication, Edwin Boudreaux was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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Citation Information
Edwin D. Boudreaux, Sunghye Kim, Jessica L. Hohrmann, Sunday Clark, et al.. "Interest in smoking cessation among emergency department patients" Vol. 24 Iss. 2 (2005) ISSN: 0278-6133 (Linking)
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