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Aboriginal Health Workers Experience Multilevel Barriers to Quitting Smoking: A Qualitative Study

Type: Journal
Author: Dawson, A.P., Cargo, M., Stewart, A., Chong, A., & Daniel, M.
Publisher: International Journal for Equity in Health, 11 (May), 27
Year: 2012

Long-term measures to reduce tobacco consumption in Australia have had differential effects in the population. The prevalence of smoking in Aboriginal peoples is currently more than double that of the non-Aboriginal population. While Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) are responsible for providing primary health care to Aboriginal clients including smoking cessation programs, AHWs are frequently smokers themselves, and their smoking undermines the smoking cessation services they deliver. An understanding of the barriers to quitting smoking experienced by Aboriginal Health Workers is needed to design culturally relevant smoking cessation programs.

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