TABLE 1

Baseline characteristics of general practitioners (GPs), stratified by training method (n=69 GPs from 52 practices)

ABC training5As trainingTotal sample
Subjects n323769
Age years (mean±sd)51.5±7.552.8±8.052.2±7.7
Sex
 Female56.3 (18)48.7 (18)52.2 (36)
 Male43.8 (14)51.4 (19)47.8 (33)
Years since becoming physician (mean±sd)22.6±8.023.7±9.026.1±24.2
Years since established in practice (mean±sd)11.4±8.613.5±9.212.5±8.9
Type of GP practice
 Single practice37.5 (12)21.6 (8)29.0 (20)
 Any type of group practice62.5 (20)78.4 (29)31.0 (49)
Area where GP practice is located
 Rural area (<20 000 inhabitants)3.1 (1)5.4 (2)4.4 (3)
 Small city (>20 000 inhabitants)3.1 (1)5.4 (2)4.4 (3)
 City (<100 000 inhabitants)31.3 (10)13.5 (5)21.7 (15)
 Large city (>100 000 inhabitants)62.5 (20)75.7 (28)69.6 (48)
Ever participated in training on delivering smoking cessation before=Yes25.0 (8)21.6 (8)23.2 (16)
Current smoking status of GP
 Daily smoker3.1 (1)0.0 (0)1.5 (1)
 Occasional smoker15.6 (5)5.4 (2)10.1 (7)
 Ex-smoker21.9 (7)32.4 (12)27.5 (19)
 Never-smoker59.4 (19)62.2 (23)60.9 (42)

Data are presented as percentage (n), unless stated otherwise.