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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Tobacco-Related MMWR

Thursday, October 16, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Increases in Smoking Cessation Interventions After a Feedback and Improvement Initiative Using Electronic Health Records — 19 Community Health Centers, New York City, October 2010–March 2012!

 

Dear Colleagues:
 
We are pleased to share a new publication on smoking cessation and electronic health records based on work in New York City. The article was written in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.
 
Increases in Smoking Cessation Interventions After a Feedback and Improvement Initiative Using Electronic Health Records — 19 Community Health Centers, New York City, October 2010–March 2012
 
Electronic health records have the potential to make it easier for health care providers to screen for and document tobacco use and to intervene with patients who use tobacco products. In addition, patient lists generated by an electronic health record system can offer timely feedback to providers and can also be used to identify issues where improvement is needed. Most smokers want to quit and make at least one medical visit each year. Documenting smoking status and intervening with smokers in health care settings increases quit rates, but many providers and practices do not routinely take these actions. An electronic health record-based pay-for-improvement initiative conducted in 19 Community Health Centers in New York City during October 2010-March 2012 sought to increase smoking status documentation and cessation interventions. At the end of the initiative, the mean proportion of patients who were documented as smokers had increased from 24% to 27% while the mean proportion of documented smokers who received a cessation intervention increased from 23% to 54%.

The online version of the article is available on the CDC Web site at www.cdc.gov/mmwr.
 
Link: MMWR article
 
We hope this new research is helpful to you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Linda A. Bailey, JD, MHS
President and CEO
North American Quitline Consortium

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