Nurse Practitioners' Knowledge, Practice and Attitudes About Tobacco Cessation & Lung Cancer Screening

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PurposeTo determine nurse practitioners' (NPs') knowledge, practice, and attitudes about tobacco cessation counseling and lung cancer early detection.Data SourceA descriptive, cross-sectional survey design was used to examine NPs' approaches to primary and secondary prevention of tobacco use among patients in western New York.ConclusionsAmong the 175 respondents, NPs appropriately counseled tobacco users on tobacco cessation. However, there was limited understanding of first-line pharmacological agents used for tobacco cessation and of how to manage treatment for a patient at high risk for lung cancer.Implications for PracticeThese findings suggest the need to implement professional educational programs aimed at conveying not only the importance of tobacco cessation counseling but also information on the most effective first-line pharmacological agents and appropriate management options for patients at increased risk of developing lung cancer.

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