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Diagnosis and Management of Tobacco Dependency

Posted on: 18 Oct 2019


This module has been adapted from the Primary Care Respiratory Society Pragmatic Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Tobacco Dependency. It has been reviewed by Dr Noel Baxter (PCRS Policy Lead) and Darush Attar-Zadeh (International Smoking Cessation Trainer and Lead).

Module summary

This module will provide working examples of how to diagnose and manage tobacco dependency in primary care, including instigating a quit attempt, supporting a quit attempt and exploring the treatment options available.

Learning objectives

  • Explain that ‘very brief advice’ (VBA) is:
  • Establishing the smoking status of a person
  • Providing advice about the best way to quit or cut down for them
  • Acting upon the information provided through an agreed personalised plan
  • Choose a personalised therapy plan for different patient types
  • Recall treatment strategies available, their relative effectiveness and recommendations for use


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