NCSCT Standard Treatment Programme

Last activity on July 22, 2024


Behaviour Change Techniques

Clinical and Academic consensus led us to focus interventions around the following areas

Make sure patients have a realistic expectation of stop smoking medications.

Support patients so they use these medications properly and that they are aware of any potential side effects.

Building rapport is central to everything you do to support a client to stop smoking. 
 
Building and maintaining rapport is the means by which BCTs are delivered.

Building rapport is the ‘art’ to the science of the BCTs and good rapport facilitates successful delivery of evidence-based interventions.

Explain that carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas contained in cigarette smoke and that there is a simple test that can be carried out to determine CO levels. Advise clients/patients that CO tests are carried out to show objective proof of improved health after they have stopped smoking completely along with being used as a motivational tool.’

Making sure patients have a realistic expectation of stop smoking medications, use these medications properly and that they are aware of any potential side effects.

Stressing the importance of the ‘not a puff’ rule and gaining commitment from the patient.

Obtaining client commitment to the support programme, the plan of action and to attend agreed appointments.

Helping patients to change their routine to avoid smoking and making sure they know what to expect in terms of cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

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