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First Joint Conference of the German Society of Nursing Science (DGP) and the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft e. V.

08.07.2021, online

Practices, opinions, and attitudes of healthcare professionals after a nurse-led tobacco cessation training programme

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  • corresponding author Joseph Grech - Institute of Applied Sciences, Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology, Msida, Malta

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft e.V. (DGP). First Joint Conference of the German Society of Nursing Science (DGP) and the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS). sine loco [digital], 08.-08.07.2021. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2021. Doc21dgp16

doi: 10.3205/21dgp16, urn:nbn:de:0183-21dgp161

Published: July 5, 2021

© 2021 Grech.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. See license information at



Background: Despite the significant benefit associated with the delivery of brief smoking cessation advice in clinical care, the actual delivery of these interventions in everyday practice appears to be well below desirable levels. Healthcare professionals reportedly lack the knowledge, skills, and time to deliver brief tobacco cessation interventions, recalling few positive experiences when helping smokers to quit, which further discourages them from taking an active role.

Objectives: To assess the impact of a public health nurse-led tobacco cessation training programme on health professionals’ smoking cessation practices, opinions about counselling patients, and attitudes about their role in tobacco control.

Design and methods: A single group pre- and post-design was adopted. A three-hour training programme addressing tobacco use and tobacco cessation with emphasis on the 5As (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange) algorithm was provided to interested health professionals working in Malta between September 2018 and June 2019 (n=133). The ‘Nurses Helping Smokers Quit’ survey [1] was utilized to compare healthcare professionals’ practices, opinions, and attitudes measured before and three months after the training program.

Results: Healthcare professionals were favorably disposed towards counselling patients to quit. Despite finding it difficult and lacking the time to help smokers quit, participants were more likely to deliver tobacco cessation interventions frequently following the training programme.

Conclusions: This nurse-led training programme was associated with a more comprehensive approach in helping patients to quit smoking. Public health nurses are encouraged to take an active role in tobacco cessation training initiatives as part of their contribution to tobacco control.

Conflict of interest: The author declares no conflict of interest.

Funding: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.


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