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KIQNIC Survey in Full Swing - What's the #1 FAQ?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Decision-makers for North America's quitlines are currently completing the third annual Knowledge Integration in Quitlines: Networks that Improve Cessation (KIQNIC) online survey. What question is most frequently asked by survey participants? "We've had many inquiries about why multiple people from their organization are being asked to fill out the survey," says Principal Investigator Scott Leischow. "There are three main reasons. First, no one person is expected to know absolutely everything about their quitline. Second, some of the questions are designed to capture individual opinions and perspectives. And third, different people within the quitline will have different connections to other organizations, and so it is especially important that we combine multiple responses for the Information Sharing section of the survey, to get an accurate picture of the relationships each organization has to others in the North American quitline community. A key contact at each quitline organization was asked to identify their colleagues who are engaged in decision-making about quitline practices, and that is how it was determined who should complete the questionnaire."

The Information Sharing section of the survey collects data about the relationships between quitline organizations, identifying the types of information being shared, and which organizations are the sources of different types of information. It also lets participants identify relationships with evaluators and researchers, and the nature of their relationship with NAQC's central office. The Attitudes section asks about how participants feel about the funder or service provider in their jurisdiction, and the Decision-Making section gathers information about factors that influence decisions about whether or not to adopt quitline practices. A supplementary Implementation section asking about the level of adoption and implementation of 28 quitline practices is included in the survey of one key respondent for each organization.


The KIQNIC grant was awarded to the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, in 2008. The grant provides funds for a five-year research partnership with NAQC to better understand the communication mechanisms by which quitlines interact, share new evidence, and make decisions about the adoption and implementation of quitline practices. Questions about the survey can be sent or directly to KIQNIC Project Coordinator Gregg Moor at

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