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Five As Technique

Aka: Five As Technique, Health Risk Behavior Counseling
  1. See Also
    1. Five Rs Technique
    2. FRAMES Technique
    3. Trans-theoretical Model
  2. Indications
    1. Counseling health behavior change
  3. Technique: Five As
    1. Ask: How much Tobacco do you use?
    2. Advise: As your doctor, I strongly recommend that you quit Tobacco.
    3. Assess: Are your ready to quit Tobacco in the next 30 days? I can help you quit.
    4. Assist (or refer):
      1. Quitting Tobacco can be a real challenge
        1. Nicotine withdrawal
        2. Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood
        3. Weight gain
      2. We have medications such as Buproprion and Nicotine Replacement to help you.
    5. Arrange
      1. I would ask the clinic nurse to see how you are doing in 1-2 weeks.
  4. References
    1. Searight (2007) Prim Care 34(3): 551-70 [PubMed]
    2. Searight (2009) Am Fam Physician 79:277-84 [PubMed]

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