Smoking Cessation Counseling Mnemonic:
Having trouble remembering all the important questions to ask during your patient encounter? Then try our Smoking Cessation Counseling Mnemonic for USMLE Step 2 CS. Smoking Cessation Counseling is one of the most common tested area during your USMLE step 2 CS exam. It is very important to advise your patient about all the important aspects of Smoking Cessation.
- Physician: Do you smoke cigarettes?
Patient: Yes, I do.
- Physician: How many packs of cigarettes do you smoke per day and for how many years have you been smoking for?
Patient: One pack per day for the last 15 years
- Physician: Have you ever tried to quit smoking?
Patient: Yes, but its really hard so I always give up and start smoking again.
- Physician: Well, I strongly recommend that you quit smoking. Smoking is a major cause of cancer and heart disease. It can lead to lung cancer, COPD, bladder cancer, heart attack and stroke. Are you interested in trying to quit now?
Patient: Yes. (If the answer is “no”, see below.)
- Physician: I would be happy to help you quit smoking. We have many resources to help you do that and I will be with you every step of the way to support you. Let’s set up an appointment for two weeks from today, and we can get started on it then. Is that ok with you?
Patient: No, I don’t want to quit.
- Physician: I understand that you are not ready to quit smoking yet, but I want to assure you that whenever you are ready, I will be here to help you.
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