Next Article in Journal
Life Lost Due to Premature Deaths in New South Wales, Australia
Next Article in Special Issue
Smokeless Tobacco Use and Religiousness
Previous Article in Journal
Lead Poisoning: An Alarming Public Health Problem in Bangladesh
Previous Article in Special Issue
Symptoms of Diminished Autonomy over Cigarettes with Non-Daily Use
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(1), 96-107; doi:10.3390/ijerph6010096

Smoking Cessation Counselling for Pregnant and Postpartum Women among Midwives, Gynaecologists and Paediatricians in Germany

1,* , 1
Received: 29 October 2008 / Accepted: 23 December 2008 / Published: 5 January 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco Smoking and Public Health)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [192 KB, uploaded 19 June 2014]   |   Browse Figure


The incorporation of guidelines for the treatment of tobacco smoking into routine care requires positive attitudes, counselling skills and knowledge about additional help available for smokers.The study assesses performance of smoking cessation intervention, attitudes, training status and knowledge about additional help for smokers in the care for pregnant and parenting women by midwives, gynaecologists and paediatricians. A survey of all midwives, gynaecologists and paediatricians registered for primary medical care in the federal state Saarland, Germany, was conducted. Participation in the postal questionnaires was 85 %. Depending on profession, 90 % to 100 % see smoking cessation counselling as their assignment, 17 % to 80 % screen for, 48 % to 90 % document smoking status, and 55 % to 76 % offer brief or extensive counselling. 61 % to 87 % consider training to enhance their knowledge and/or counselling skills necessary. The compliance of providers with the necessity to give support in smoking cessation is very high. However, the current status of cessation counselling does not sufficiently correspond to the evidence based requirements. Reports in medical press and advanced training courses should support health care providers and establish smoking as an inherent topic of the anamnesis and treatment of current and former pregnant or parenting smokers.
Keywords: Smoking cessation counselling pregnancy Smoking cessation counselling pregnancy
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Share & Cite This Article

Further Mendeley | CiteULike
Export to BibTeX |
MDPI and ACS Style

Röske, K.; Hannöver, W.; Thyrian, J.R.; John, U.; Hannich, H.-J. Smoking Cessation Counselling for Pregnant and Postpartum Women among Midwives, Gynaecologists and Paediatricians in Germany. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 96-107.

View more citation formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

For more information on the journal, click here


Cited By

[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert