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Table 4 Staff-reported barriers to the provision of smoking cessation care to AOD clientsa

From: Addressing tobacco in Australian alcohol and other drug treatment settings: a cross-sectional survey of staff attitudes and perceived barriers

Barrier Very/Quite Important
  nb %
Clients are unable to afford smoking cessation medicines 279 61
Lack of funding to the organisation to address client tobacco smoking 278 61
Lack of a coordinated staff approach 275 61
Lack of staff training in smoking counselling 271 60
Lack of staff time to provide smoking cessation support 235 52
Staff are uncertain about effective smoking cessation interventionsa 175 51
Clients are unable to access smoking cessation services once back in the community 218 48
Addressing smoking is not regarded as part of core business for the organisation 206 45
There could be a potential impact of providing this support to clients and that it will affect their other drug issues 187 41
Clients spend too little time at the organisation to be counselled about their smoking 173 38
  1. aPerceived barriers to providing smoking cessation care were rated on a 4-point likert-type scale. For analysis purposes responses were grouped as: very important/quite important, a little important/not important. Counts and percentages are presented for barriers rated as very important/quit important
  2. bPresented to n = 343 as the survey item was introduced later