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Proactive Tobacco Cessation Outreach to Smokers of Low Socioeconomic Status A Randomized Clinical

Thursday, July 9, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Jennifer S. Haas, MD, MSc; Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH; Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH; Irina Gonzalez, MD, TTS; Nancy A. Rigotti, MD; Elissa V. Klinger, ScM; Emily Z. Kontos, ScD; Alan M. Zaslavsky, PhD; Phyllis Brawarsky, MPH; Lucas X. Marinacci, BA; Stella St Hubert, AB; Eric W. Fleegler, MD, MPH; David R. Williams, PhD, MPH
Proactive Tobacco Cessation Outreach to Smokers of Low Socioeconomic Status A Randomized Clinical Trial.
JAMA Internal Medicine February 2015 Volume 175, Number 2
 
Widening socioeconomic disparities in mortality in the United States are largely explained by slower declines in tobacco use among smokers of low socioeconomic status (SES) than among those of higher SES, which points to the need for targeted tobacco cessation interventions. Documentation of smoking status in electronic health records (EHRs) provides the tools for health systems to proactively offer tobacco treatment to socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers. Proactive, IVR-facilitated outreach enables engagement with low-SES smokers. Providing counseling, NRT, and access to community-based resources to address sociocontextual mediators among smokers reached in this setting is effective.


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