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Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Smoking Cessation Advice by Eye Care Providers: A Pilot Study

Personal Authors: Caban-Martinez, Alberto J. ; Davila, Evelyn P. ; McCollister, Kathryn E. ; Fleming, Lora E. ; Zheng, Diane D. ; Lam, Byron L. ; Dubovy, Sander R. ; Lee, David J.
Published Date: Oct 17 2011
Document Type: Journal Article
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Prev Chronic Dis. 2011; 8(6).
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Smoking is a modifiable risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States. We conducted a pilot study among eye care providers and AMD patients to assess smoking cessation preferences and cessation services offered at a large academic medical center. Most patients who smoke reported never being advised to quit smoking, although most eye care providers reported that they had advised smokers to quit. Two-thirds of providers expressed a desire for additional training and resources to support patient quit attempts, indicating the need for the integration of smoking cessation opportunities in the clinic setting.

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