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Invitation to review and comment on draft optional COVID-19 questions for addition to the Minimal Da

Wednesday, August 12, 2020  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Invitation to review and comment on draft optional COVID-19 questions for addition to the Minimal Data Set Optional Question Bank


Background
Interest in adding standardized optional Minimal Data Set (MDS) questions emerged during NAQC’s COVID-19 Contingency Planning calls with quitline providers this spring. In June and July, NAQC staff then facilitated a workgroup comprising 18 members representing quitline providers, states, CDC, and research and evaluation entities.  The workgroup focused on purpose and use of these questions and assisted in drafting question language. NAQC would like to take this opportunity to thank the workgroup members for their time and thoughtful insights during an accelerated process to move these questions to NAQC members’ review.

Invitation for NAQC members’ review and comment by Wednesday, August 26th
At this time, we would like to invite your review and comment on both the purpose and use and wording of the three COVID-19 questions that the workgroup drafted for addition to the MDS Optional Question Bank. Two of the questions are designed for intake and one for the 6-7-month follow-up after receiving quitline services. We recognize states’ commitment to minimizing the length of intake and emphasize that these questions are optional for state quitlines.

The purpose and use of the questions and the question language are listed below; however, we ask that you use the following Survey Monkey link by Wednesday August 26th to provide us with your comments: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Comment_COVID19_OptionalQuestions

Purpose and use of the optional COVID-19 questions
Purpose: Adding COVID-19 questions to the MDS Optional Question Bank makes available standardized questions that help the quitline community understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on quitline participants’ amount of tobacco use, motivation to quit, and (at 6-7 months follow-up) staying quit.

Use: Individual responses can be used to help tailor coaching/counseling needs of the participant. Aggregate results can be used to help document changes in patterns of tobacco use and motivation to quit, as well as demonstrate the role of quitlines as a wellness service during this public health pandemic.   

Proposed Questions:
Intake (two questions)
Note that previously answered required intake questions will guide which wording is used for mode of tobacco delivery indicated in brackets.

  1. Because of COVID-19, has your motivation to quit [smoking] [vaping] [using non-combustible tobacco] increased, decreased, or stayed the same?
  2. Because of COVID-19, has the amount you [smoke] [vape] [use non-combustible tobacco] increased, decreased, or stayed the same?
6-7-month follow-up post quitline intervention (one 2-part question)
1a. Has COVID-19 made it easier, harder, or about the same for you to [quit] [stay quit from] tobacco? 
If the response is easier or harder, ask the open-response question:
1b. What about COVID-19 has made it [easier] [harder] for you to [quit] [stay quit from] tobacco?
 
Please contact Christine Clements Stein, NAQC’s research and evaluation manager, with questions: cstein@naquitline.org or 800-398-5489 Ext 708. Again, we look forward to you providing input by Wednesday, August 26th at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Comment_COVID19_OptionalQuestions 

For background information on the Minimal Data Set please visit: NAQC Minimal Data Set Web Page.

Christine Clements Stein, MPH, PhD
Research and Evaluation Manager
North American Quitline Consortium

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