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“Coffee Break” Call: Practical Challenges & Promising Strategies for Adapting MDS Intake Questions
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When: May 12, 2011
2:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern/11:00-11:30 a.m. Pacific
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Who Can Attend?

This call series is targeted at NAQC members and non-members who have an interest in quitline-related research and evaluation. The group will meet regularly by conference call or webinar. Meetings will serve as an informal forum to discuss current, upcoming, and potential quitline-related research. One of the primary functions is to facilitate communication and interaction between researchers, as well as to create and support connections between researchers and quitlines.

How Do I Get More Information?

If you would like to receive information and updates about participating in this call series, or to remove your name from the mailing list for the call series, please contact Jessie Saul via e-mail.


What will be covered during this call?

Practical Challenges and Promising Strategies for Adapting MDS Intake Questions for In-Person Cessation Programs
Lija Greenseid and Anne Betzner
Professional Data Analysts 

Since the development of the Minimal Data Set for evaluating quitlines (MDS), tobacco control programs have wrestled with the question of whether, and how, to standardize intake and follow up questions across different types of cessation programs, such as in-person tobacco cessation counseling. Professional Data Analysts, Inc. is an independent evaluation firm currently working with five state quitlines to conduct their evaluations, and has been involved with the process of using the MDS for other types of cessation programs. Interestingly, the resistance from in-person programs (funders, staff, and other stakeholders) to embrace changing their intake processes and using MDS questions has been more of a challenge than the technical aspects of using the MDS for non-phone-based interventions. In this presentation, they will describe the challenges they have encountered and the strategies they have used to work with in-person programs to get MDS questions incorporated into their intake processes, such as modifying MDS questions to fit the local context and resources and working with funders and/or program staff to gain buy-in. They will also describe some of the technical aspects of the process (e.g., going from phone to paper intake administration).

For more details on the purpose, format, and call-in informaiton, please visit the research conference call page.

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