A national audit of smoking cessation services in Irish maternity units

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Title: A national audit of smoking cessation services in Irish maternity units
Authors: Reynolds, C.M.E.
Egan, B.
Cawley, Shona
Kennedy, Rachel
Sheehan, Sharon
Turner, Michael J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10303
Date: Jun-2017
Online since: 2019-05-07T09:39:39Z
Abstract: There is international consensus that smoking cessation in the first half of pregnancy improves foetal outcomes. We surveyed all 19 maternity units nationally about their antenatal smoking cessation practices. All units recorded details on maternal smoking at the first antenatal visit. Only one unit validated the self-reported smoking status of pregnant women using a carbon monoxide breath test. Twelve units (63%) recorded timing of smoking cessation. In all units women who reported smoking were given verbal cessation advice. This was supported by written advice in 12 units (63%), but only six units (32%) had all midwives trained to provide this advice. Only five units (26%) reported routinely revisiting smoking status later in pregnancy. Although smoking is an important modifiable risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes, smoking cessation services are inadequate in the Irish maternity services and there are variations in practices between hospitals.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Medical Organisation
Journal: Irish Medical Journal
Volume: 110
Issue: 6
Copyright (published version): 2018 Irish Medical Journal
Keywords: Paediatrics and Reproductive MedicinePublic health and health servicesHealth services researchSmoking and healthPediatricSmoking cessationPregnancy outcomes
Other versions: http://imj.ie/a-national-audit-of-smoking-cessation-services-in-irish-maternity-units/
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Medicine Research Collection
Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Research Collection

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