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Minimal Data Set

NAQC published the original Minimal Data Set (MDS) in mid-2005 and all quitlines in the U.S. and Canada had adopted it by early 2006. A major strength of the MDS is its ability to evolve over time to reflect new topics and issues of importance. Over the past fourteen years changes, spearheaded by NAQC members and staff, have been made to the MDS, including the development of new optional questions regarding: LGBT identity, Behavioral Health, Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco Packages, and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

In response to member feedback and concerns about the length of intake, and to assess the continued value of the MDS, NAQC initiated a robust review of the MDS in October 2016 through November 2017. In late 2017 and early 2018 additional work was completed on questions related to LGBT identity and public housing residency.

NAQC is pleased to share “The Minimal Data Set (MDS): A Summary of Recommended Revisions and a Request for Comments”. This summary report is designed to provide NAQC members with a concise view of recommendations for changes to the MDS intake and follow-up questionnaires based on the findings and recommendations of the MDS review workgroup, and consultations with NAQC’s Advisory Council and external subject-matter experts.

NAQC seeks member comments on the recommendations for making changes to the MDS by April 15, 2019.

NAQC asks members to consider the following questions in their responses:

  1. Do you support the recommended changes? Please identify any recommended changes that you do not support and describe your rationale.
  2. Are there additional intake or follow-up questions that your recommend changing? If so, please describe the change and your rationale.
  3. Are you currently using ways other than phone interviews for collecting intake/follow-up data from quitline callers and participants? If so, please describe the ways you are collecting intake and follow-up data and if the changes have resulted in quitline callers getting to services more quickly at intake and higher participation at follow-up.
  4. Are there any other comments you would like to make on this topic?

Please submit your comments by April 15, 2019 via Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDSReviewComments

After reviewing all comments, NAQC will announce final changes to the MDS intake and follow-up by June 15, 2019.

If you have questions about the MDS please contact Maria Rudie, NAQC Research Manager at mrudie@naquitline.org.

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