Lisa Shah, MD, Clinical Associate of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, describes a clinical trial employing the Contemplation Ladder to assess Cardiology inpatients readiness to quit smoking. Patient follow-up and conclusions are discussed.

Biener L, Abrams DB. The contemplation ladder: Validation of a measure of readiness to consider smoking cessation. Health Psychology. 1991;10:360–365.

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