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Coming Soon: Minimal Data Set for Web

Wednesday, July 28, 2010  
Many quitlines have begun to expand the mechanisms by which tobacco users can enter a quitline program, including online entry points. In order to maintain consistent data collection elements, many have attempted to use the Minimal Data Set in an online environment. Initial feedback has indicated that the current MDS is not particularly well-suited for use online.

To address these concerns, a workgroup of NAQC members and external experts has been convened to develop a modified version of the Minimal Data Set for use in an online environment. Final recommendations will be made to the MDS Update workgroup in September, and an approved modified MDS for Web will be released this fall. The guidance for implementation will emphasize the need for flexibility between quitlines, depending on the goals, environmental context, and technological capacity specific to each quitline’s situation when considering whether and how to implement MDS questions online. For more information, contact Jessie Saul, Director of Research, at jsaul@naquitline.org.

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