Welsh Smoking Intervention Study

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Another adverse outcome followed by poor educational opportunity involves HPs often suffer from lack of proper communication skills especially when dealing with some nutritional problems with patients, whilst there is strong emphasis on appropriate communication in difficult circumstances, such as when breaking bad news, and when discussing sensitive issues, such as alcohol consumption, smoking or obesity (GMC, 2009). Within a Welsh smoking intervention study, most smokers stated that good practice involves using a respectful tone, sensitivity to the patient’s receptivity, understanding the patient as an individual, being supportive, and most frequently, not “preaching”, if doctors are raise the topic of smoking opportunistically (Butler
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