Process of smoking cessation: Implications for clinicians
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The process of smoking cessation involves progression through five stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. Most patients are not prepared to take action, but most smoking cessation programs are action-oriented. Physicians can be more effective with a broader range of patients if they match their intervention to a patient's stage of smoking cessation. Brief, cognitive, effective, and evaluative interventions are appropriate for patients in the early stages of change, whereas behavioral interventions are more effective in later stages.
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Clinics in Chest Medicine
Prochaska, J. O., and M. G. Goldstein. "Process of smoking cessation: Implications for clinicians." Clinics in Chest Medicine 12, 4 (1991): 727-735. https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/psy_facpubs/544