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Integrating Tobacco Cessation Quitlines into Health Care: Massachusetts, 2002-2011.

Thursday, August 09, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Warner DD, Land TG, Rodgers AB, Keithly L. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Jul;9:E133. Epub 2012 Jul 26.
This study analyzed QuitWorks data from three different phases in referrals. QuitWorks is a Massachusetts referral program that links health care organizations, providers, and patients to the state’s tobacco cessation quitline and provides feedback reporting. It is used by approximately 340 institutions and practices. Referrals increased from April 2002 through November 2005, plateaued from December 2005 through January 2009, and then increased sharply between February 2009 and March 2011. Influencing factors included partnerships with stakeholders, periodic program promotions, hospital activities in response to Joint Commission tobacco use measures, service evolutions, provision of nicotine replacement therapy for referred patients, and electronic referral options. The authors conclude that tobacco cessation referral programs can be successfully sustained over time; reach substantial numbers of tobacco users, benefit providers and health care organizations; and contribute to sustainable systems-level changes in health care.

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