Stressful life events, resources and access: key considerations in quitting smoking at an Aboriginal Medical Service
|dc.identifier.citation||DiGiacomo, M. and Davidson, P. and Davison, J. and Moore, L. and Abbott, P. 2007. Stressful life events, resources and access: key considerations in quitting smoking at an Aboriginal Medical Service. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 31 (2): pp. 174-176.|
Objective: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience adverse health outcomes and have high rates of smoking and related illnesses. This brief report describes stress as a barrier to quitting smoking derived from reflections within an Aboriginal Medical Service and makes recommendations for intervention development. Methods: A high-intensity smoking cessation program was conducted within a suburban Aboriginal Medical Service in Western Sydney, Australia, over a 10-month period. The intervention included weekly cessation counselling sessions and dispensation of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Results: During the observation period, 32 clients made quit attempts. To date, three clients (9%) have quit smoking. Chronic and intercurrent life stressors were noted to be the main barriers to smoking cessation described by participants. Conclusions: Achieving smoking cessation among Indigenous people is made significantly more complex because of multiple life stressors experienced. Implications: Future interventions targeting Indigenous Australians should take greater account of stressful life events and their impact on quitting smoking.
|dc.title||Stressful life events, resources and access: key considerations in quitting smoking at an Aboriginal Medical Service|
|dcterms.source.title||Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health|
|curtin.accessStatus||Open access via publisher|