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A nurse led smoking cessation intervention increased cessation rates after hospital admission for coronary heart disease

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Q Is a nurse led, smoking cessation intervention, given individually for more than 5 months, effective in patients admitted to hospital for coronary heart disease?


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randomised controlled trial.

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blinded {patients and healthcare providers}*.

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12 months.

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cardiac ward of a general hospital in Kristiansand, Norway.

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250 patients <76 years of age who were current daily smokers and had been admitted to hospital for myocardial infarction, unstable angina, or coronary bypass surgery. Exclusion criteria: serious illness associated with a short life span, serious psychiatric problems, alcoholism, or dementia. (10 patients were withdrawn after randomisation because of a refuting diagnosis; the remaining 240 patients had …

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  • For correspondence: Dr P Quist-Paulsen, Department of Haematology, St Olavs Hospital, 7006 Trondheim, Norway.

  • Sources of funding: Vest-Agder Council for Public Health and the charity Sykehuset i vaare hender.