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The effect of written advice on preoperative cigarette consumption.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6508168     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two groups, each of 100 smokers, were compared in terms of reduction in cigarette consumption in the 5 days prior to elective surgery. One group was admitted to hospital in the routine way and information on preoperative cigarette consumption obtained by questioning each patient after recovery from anaesthesia. In the second group, a letter strongly advising the patient to stop smoking for 5 days preoperatively was enclosed with the admission letter. A proforma to record the daily cigarette consumption was also enclosed. By the day before surgery the mean cigarette consumption had fallen to 52% in Group I and 16% in Group II and 14 and 46 patients respectively had then stopped smoking completely. The differences were highly significant (P less than 0.001).
M V Shah; G Watkins; I P Latto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0035-8843     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann R Coll Surg Engl     Publication Date:  1984 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-12-31     Completed Date:  1984-12-31     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506860     Medline TA:  Ann R Coll Surg Engl     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  436-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic*
Preoperative Care
Smoking / prevention & control*
Surgical Procedures, Operative*

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