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Table 4 Frequency of respondents’ clinical practice to identify and address tobacco dependence among older patients

From: Treating tobacco dependence in older adults: a survey of primary care clinicians’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice

Statement All responses n = (%) Professional Group [n = (%)] Training Attendance [n = (%)]
Medical Non-medical Statistic X2 (df = 1) Sig p= Training No Training Statistic X2 (df = 1) Sig p=
How often do you ask older patients about their smoking status? Always/often 154 (90.1) 76 (96.2) 78 (84.8) 6.19 0.019 98 (92.5) 55 (85.9) 1.88 0.170
Rarely/never 17 (9.9) 3 (3.8) 14 (15.2) 8 (7.5) 9 (14.1)
How often did you document an older smokers' smoking status in their clinical records? Always/often 155 (90.1) 75 (94.9) 80 (86.9) 3.19 0.112 100 (94.3) 54 (84.3) 4.65 0.031
Rarely/never 16 (9.9) 4 (5.1) 12 (13.1) 6 (5.7) 10 (15.7)
How often did you assess older smokers' motivation/readiness to stop smoking? Always/often 130 (75.9) 65 (82.3) 65 (70.7) 3.15 0.105 89 (83.9) 40 (62.5) 10.04 0.002
Rarely/never 41 (24.1) 14 (17.7) 27 (29.3) 17 (16.1) 24 (37.5)
How often did you provide older smokers with brief advice or encouragement to consider stopping smoking? Always/often 133 (77.8) 67 (84.8) 66 (71.7) 4.20 0.040 86 (81.1) 46 (71.8) 1.97 0.185
Rarely/never 38 (22.2) 12 (15.2) 26 (28.3) 20 (18.9) 18 (28.2)
How often did you discuss the benefits of stopping smoking with the older smokers you have had contact with? Always/often 123 (71.9) 63 (79.7) 60 (65.2) 4.44 0.041 84 (79.2) 38 (59.4) 7.78 0.008
Rarely/never 48 (28.1) 16 (20.3) 32 (34.8) 22 (20.8) 26 (40.6)
How often did you provide older smokers with support (including NRT or referral to local stop smoking services) to make a quit attempt? Always/often 100 (59.1) 55 (71.4) 45 (48.9) 8.80 0.005 69 (65.7) 30 (47.6) 5.33 0.024
Rarely/never 69 (40.9) 22 (28.6) 47 (51.1) 36 (34.3) 33 (52.4)