Antenatal clinic staff were surveyed for their attitudes to smoking in pregnancy in 1993 and again in 1996 to monitor the effect of a randomised controlled trial of a smoking intervention conducted in the clinic over the period. Descriptive analysis showed that staff believe smoking in pregnancy is an important health risk for both mother and baby, quitting smoking is difficult, counselling is only moderately successful, they lack the skill to counsel smokers and there is little time to do so. The lack of structural support within clinic administration, the lack of a comprehensive hospital policy on smoking and unclear public health messages, were also identified as barriers to reducing the prevalence of smoking.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Australian College of Midwives Incorporated Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1998|