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Do Faxed Quitline Referrals Add Value to Dental Office-Based Tobacco-use Cessation Interventions?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Gordon JS, Andrews JA, Crews KM, Payne TJ, Severson HH, Lichtenstein E. J Am Dent Assoc. 2010 Aug;141(8):1000-7.
This study evaluated the effects of two levels of a dental office-based intervention compared with usual care. The two intervention conditions were 5As (Ask Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) and 3As (Ask, Advise, Refer to a telephone quitline model). At the 12-month assessment, participants in the two intervention conditions combined were more likely to report quitting compared to usual care. There were no significant differences between participants in the clinics using the 5As and 3As strategies. Patients receiving telephone counseling quit at higher rates than those not receiving counseling, but only a small percentage of those proactively referred actually received counseling. The authors conclude that training dental practitioners to provide brief tobacco-use cessation advice and assistance results in a change in their behavior, and that these practitioners are effective in helping their patients to quit using tobacco.

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