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Nurses’ and patients’ communication in smoking cessation at nurse-led COPD clinics in primary health care
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3964-196X
Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm; Sophiahemmet University, Stockholm, Sweden.
National Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden .
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2015 (English)In: European Clinical Respiratory Journal, ISSN 1399-3003, Vol. 2, 27915Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have high nicotine dependence making it difficult to quit smoking. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a method that is used in stimulating motivation and behavioral changes.

Objective: To describe smoking cessation communication between patients and registered nurses trained in MI in COPD nurse-led clinics in Swedish primary health care.

Methods: A prospective observational study with structured quantitative content analyses of the communication between six nurses with basic education in MI and 13 patients in non-smoking consultations.

Results: Only to a small extent did nurses’ evoke patients’ reasons for change, stimulate collaboration, and support patients’ autonomy. Nurses provided information, asked closed questions, and made simple reflections. Patients’ communicationwasmainly neutral and focusing on reasons for and against smoking. It was uncommon for patients to be committed and take steps toward smoking cessation.

Conclusion: The nurses did not adhere to the principles of MI in smoking cessation, and the patients focused to a limited extent on how to quit smoking.

Practice implications: To make patients more active, the nurses need more education and continuous training in motivational communication.

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2015. Vol. 2, 27915
Keyword [en]
change talk, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, motivational interviewing, nurse-led clinics, smoking cessation
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Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-19117DOI: 10.3402/ecrj.v2.27915PubMedID: 26672958OAI: diva2:848891
Available from: 2015-08-26 Created: 2015-08-26 Last updated: 2015-12-23Bibliographically approved

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