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Correction to the Revised MDS Intake Questions

Tuesday, March 10, 2020  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Correction to the Revised MDS Intake Questions

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to inform you about the correction to the Revised Minimal Data SetIntake Questions [url].
The “other” option was erroneously left out from the list of options in RI10b and is now included in the intake questionnaire. Please find the referenced question below with the correction highlighted in yellow.

You can learn more about the revised Minimal Data Set (MDS) documents here and/or by reviewing the recording of the webinar highlighting all final updates to the MDS.The updated MDS includes a net reduction of 11 MDS questions and a change in the status of the LGBT and Behavioral Health questions from “optional” to “required.” The review was 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.

C. CALLER CHARACTERISTICS (Ask of all eligible* callers)
(*eligible is defined by each quitline and should be clearly described. For example, if a quitline provides services of any kind to proxy callers, then proxy callers should be asked this question.)

Optional Scripting: Before we finish, I'd like to ask you some additional questions about yourself.


9. So that I am not assuming anything, what best describes your gender?

  • Male
  • Female
  • Transgender female/Trans woman
  • Transgender male/Trans man
  • Genderqueer/Gender nonconforming
  • Other
  • Refused
  • Not asked

Guidance for Intake Specialists: If callers show concern about this question, feel free to add the following sentence - “We ask this to determine whether the quitline is serving this population of tobacco users”.
10a: Do you consider yourself to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual?

  • Yes – (continue to RI 10b)
  • No – (skip to RI 11)
  • Don’t know
  • Refused
  • Not Asked

10b. Thank you; please indicate which of the following apply to you.

  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Queer
  • Don’t know
  • Other
  • Refused
  • Not asked

If you have any questions about the Minimal Data Set, please contact us at


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