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Article: Volume 44 Number 8 Page 781 - September 2017

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Clinical Audit:  An Audit on the Professional Intervention of Smoking

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Abstract: Smoking accompanies recognized health risks. It is the dental practitioner’s duty to provide professional intervention as recommended by Public Health England. This article describes an audit that aimed to measure the professional intervention provided by dentists, compare this to standards and to improve the amount of intervention. It describes each step of the audit cycle in detail. It is an easily reproducible audit that practitioners can use.

Clinical relevance: This article will describe how an audit to improve the amount of professional intervention given for smoking was designed and implemented and aims to encourage others to do so similarly.

Author notes: Jatinder Moore, BDS(Hons), MJDF, Dental Core Trainee in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, Birmingham, UK.

Objective: To understand how an audit on smoking intervention can be carried out and how to improve the professional intervention delivered to patients.