Korean J Health Promot.  2019 Sep;19(3):128-137. 10.15384/kjhp.2019.19.3.128.

Physicians' Perspectives on the Smoking Cessation Service for Inpatient Smokers

  • 1Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea. drloved@hanmail.net


Smoking cessation services for inpatients can be provided effectively through interdisciplinary collaborations. Physicians could play a central role in smoking cessation counseling and treatment for recovery from illness and health promotion of the inpatient. This study aimed to investigate the perspectives of physicians on inpatient smoking cessation services.
We conducted one personal and two focus group interviews with clinical faculties at a university hospital in Seoul and a university hospital in Chungnam using semi-structured questionnaires. Interviews were recorded, and the transcribed verbatim was analyzed qualitatively.
The physicians recognized the need for inpatient smoking cessation services and recognized that smoking cessation was effective when the patient had a smoking-related illness such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease Additionally, the physicians recognized the need for hospital management to support smoking cessation in hospitalized patients and recognized that it was effective to have a dedicated workforce with a smoking cessation coordinator. There was support from four types of physicians in the smoking cessation program: active participant, passive supporter, passive ignorer, and active refuser.
The physician is important for the effective implementation of inpatient smoking cessation services. A dedicated team for the smoking cessation of the inpatient, the establishment of evidence-based data on the effectiveness of the inpatient smoking cessation services, and development of customized smoking cessation services will be necessary to strengthen the role of physicians.


Smoking cessation; Inpatients; Physicians

MeSH Terms

Cardiovascular Diseases
Cooperative Behavior
Focus Groups
Health Promotion
Smoking Cessation*


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