Does change in perception following counselling result in improved quitting outcome among Malaysian smokers?

Yasin, S.M.; Masilamani, R.; Ming, M.F.; Koh, D. (2011) Does change in perception following counselling result in improved quitting outcome among Malaysian smokers? Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1010-5395

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    Objective: The authors examined the effects that change in perception about the advantages and disadvantages of smoking and quitting had on quitting outcome among smokers enrolled in a program for smoking cessation. Methods: A total of 185 smokers from 2 public universities who were interested in quitting received smoking cessation counseling on understanding the risks and benefits of quitting (or smoking) in addition to a course of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). A decisional balance questionnaire (DBQ) was administered at baseline and at 2 months postcounseling to determine and assess changes in smoking perception. Results: After counseling, 72.3 of smokers had reduced their perceptions about the advantages of smoking, and 66.4 had increased perceptions of disadvantages of smoking. At the eighth week, 51 participants (27) had quit. Smokers who had reduced perceptions of the advantages of smoking had significantly higher quit rates compared with those with no improvement in perception (82.6 vs 17.4; odds ratio = 2.47; 95 confidence interval = 1.00-6.10). Conclusion: After counseling, smokers did change their perception of the advantages and disadvantages of smoking during the quitting process. These changes are associated with a higher likelihood of smoking cessation.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
    Additional Information: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Smoking cessation, counseling, decisional balance, perception, Malaysian
    Subjects: R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 09:19
    Last Modified: 10 Oct 2012 09:19

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