Smoking cessation advice recorded during pregnancy in United Kingdom primary care
Hardy, Bethany and Szatkowski, Lisa and Tata, Laila J. and Coleman, Tim and Dhalwani, Nafeesa (2014) Smoking cessation advice recorded during pregnancy in United Kingdom primary care. BMC Family Practice, 15 (21). ISSN 1471-2296
Official URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/15/21
Background: United Kingdom (UK) national guidelines recommend that all pregnant women who smoke should be advised to quit at every available opportunity, and brief cessation advice is an efficient and cost-effective means to increase quit rates. The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) implemented in 2004 requires general practitioners to document their delivery of smoking cessation advice in patient records. However, no specific targets have been set in QOF for the recording of this advice in pregnant women. We used a large electronic primary care database from the UK to quantify the pregnancies in which women who smoked were recorded to have been given smoking cessation advice, and the associated maternal characteristics.
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