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Promoting Primary Care Smoking-Cessation Support with Quitlines

Wednesday, March 31, 2010  
The QuitLink Randomized Controlled Trial
Rothermich SF, Woolf SH, Johnson RE, Devers KJ, Flores SK, Villars P, Rabius V, McAfee T. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010; 38(4):367-374.

This study tested an expanded tobacco-use "vital sign” intervention (assess, advise, and refer combined with fax referral and feedback to practices) as compared to a traditional tobacco-use vital sign alone. Patients were asked whether they were provided support with quitting through either in-office discussion of methods to quit or quitline referral as they exited the clinic. 40.7% of patients from practices in the intervention arm reported receiving cessation support, while only 28.2% of patients from practices in the control arm did. The authors conclude that a systems approach to identifying smokers, advising and assessing readiness to quit, combined with a quitline fax-referral partnership increases deliver of cessation support for patients.

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