Engaging patients in tobacco dependence treatment: Assessment and motivational techniques

TitleEngaging patients in tobacco dependence treatment: Assessment and motivational techniques
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsKrejci, J, Foulds, J
JournalPsychiatric Annals
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0048-57131938-2456
Accession Number2003-06692-003
KeywordsClient Attitudes, Drug Dependency, Drug Withdrawal, Motivation, motivational enhancement techniques, Nicotine, psychological assessment, Questioning, questions posed to clients, Smoking Cessation, stages of cessation, Strategies, Tobacco dependence, Tobacco Smoking, treatment compliance

It is important that behavioral health professionals start to address tobacco use with the seriousness its lethal nature deserves. Despite the evidence, US Public Health Service Council guidelines on treating tobacco use and dependence are typically not followed by clinicians treating patients with behavioral health problems, such as co-occurring mental health or addiction problems. This article aims to: (1) help clinicians identify common assessment measures and questions for use with tobacco-dependent patients; (2) Describe the stages of change in relation to quitting smoking; and (3) Describe motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement therapy as strategies for helping motivate smokers to make a quit attempt. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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