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Release of MDS Updates

Thursday, October 31, 2019  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear Colleagues,

NAQC is pleased to release the final updates to the Minimal Data Set (MDS). The updates include a net reduction of 11 MDS questions and a change in the status of the LGBT and Behavioral Health questions from “optional” to “required.” We will host a webinar to present the MDS updates in November/December.

NAQC published the original MDS in 2005 and all quitlines in the U.S. and Canada had adopted it by early 2006. The MDS includes required and optional questions that are asked of callers at intake and seven-month follow-up. The standardized MDS questions create data that is useful for delivery of cessation services, surveillance of quitline callers and evaluation of quitlines. 

A major strength of the MDS is its ability to evolve over time to reflect new topics and issues of importance to both the quitline and research communities.

In response to member feedback and concern about the increasing length of time for intake, NAQC initiated a review of MDS intake and follow-up questionnaires. The review included a robust process of gathering feedback from members, convening a workgroup, gathering current intake and follow-up questionnaires used by quitlines, and consultation with subject matter experts.

To review the updated MDS documents, please visit the MDS page on NAQC’s website. If you have question about the MDS update please contact Natalia Gromov, NAQC Administrator at  

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