Jose E. Alonso, MD, B. Gallego, MD, S. Bello, MD, and J.M Marin, MD. Respiratory Service., Hospital M. Servet, Andres Piquer 12 4şB, Andres Piquer 12 4şB, Zaragoza, 50006, Spain
Objective: Identify any of the characteristics of smokers who start a tobacco cessation programme and fail to return in subsequent appointments.
Methods: We included 350 smokers who started a tobacco cessation programme in our clinic. Our programme lasts for 6 months.Smokers who did not continue after the first month (only one appointment sheduled) were our first sample,and we defined them as early abandons.Smokers who did continue after the first month were our second sample. We studied some variables like age, sex dependace by the Fagerstrom scale and motivation by the Richmond scale in both samples and compared them
Results: Early abandons showed a lower motivation measured by the Richmond scale (6.5 points) than smokers who continued in our programme for more time (7.6 points) (p<0.0001) No other differences were found in the other variebles studied.