Workload and funding cuts leave GPs struggling to offer stop smoking services

Research by Cancer Research UK found that just 53% of GPs and nurse practitioners had time to offer patients ‘very brief advice’ about quitting smoking. The model encourages primary care staff to ‘ask, advise and act’ on patients’ smoking status – and should take ‘less than 30 seconds’.

Nearly three quarters of GPs surveyed (72%) said they did not have enough time within a consultation to conduct VBA on smoking cessation, while 40% felt patients would be ‘unreceptive’ to advice on how to quit smoking.

Full Story: GP Online, 22nd March 2019