Resources for Health Care Providers
Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions in Your Health Care Practice
The Affordable Care Act and related health reform initiatives have created opportunities to implement system changes in health care to reduce tobacco use, with the goal of improving services, improving health and reducing costs.
The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) clinical practice guideline "Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence 2008 Update" calls on clinicians to change or improve the practice patterns in their offices to ensure that 1) every patient is screened for tobacco use status and tobacco use status is documented, and 2) patients who use tobacco are advised to quit and provided options for evidence based treatments.
While primary health care settings are often motivated to begin addressing the high prevalence of tobacco use in their client population they may have questions about how to implement these services into daily practice. A tobacco cessation workflow helps provide practical strategies for how to offer these services. The workflow should identify who carries out each step of the intervention, when each step occurs in the course of the clinical encounter, and what information is needed at each step. A clinic workflow is not only essential to the design of the delivery system but is an integral part of developing or modifying the EHR.
Fortunately there are many tools available to help get started. You can start with some of the resources below that are designed to help implement tobacco cessation interventions in your health care practice, or contact Gwyn Ashcom, tobacco prevention coordinator, at 503-846-4544.
DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Health Care Providers
This toolkit is designed for a broad continuum of health care providers. Materials are intended for direct providers, as well as administrators and health care organizations.
The toolkit contains a variety of information and step-by-step instructions for education about tobacco use, skills for engaging individuals in tobacco cessation discussions, efficient methods for assessing people's readiness to quit, and information and research on treatments.
DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Toolkit for Health Care Providers – Behavioral Health
This toolkit is designed to assist providers who work in a behavioral health setting with providing smoking interventions for those with behavioral health issues, including mental illnesses and addictions.
The toolkit contains information on tobacco use and health, why individuals with behavioral health conditions use tobacco, assessment and planning for change, tobacco cessation treatment, and specific findings regarding tobacco cessation medications and behavioral health conditions.
Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: A Toolkit for Dental Office Teams
This toolkit is designed to assist dental offices with integrating the brief intervention, recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, into standard office procedures and successfully intervene with patients who use tobacco.
The Campaign for Dental Health and the Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence of the American Academy of Pediatrics have created a new resource, Addressing Tobacco in Dental Settings: A Resource for Dental Professionals, with a corresponding resource for families, How to Avoid Harmful Tobacco Products.
Clinical Tobacco Cessation Work Flow Examples
Using the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line Service
6. Verbal Consent Fax Referral Form - A staff signature is now only needed to note that a client gave consent to be referred to the Quit Line.
CDC's Tips from Former Smokers Campaign
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Tips from Former Smokers™Campaign encourages tobacco users to quit by sharing real‐life experiences of smokers.The campaign offers a variety of resources for providers to use in their clinics, such as social media content, video and print materials, FAQs, expert talking points and more.
- CDC:Quitting Smoking
- CDC: Quit Smoking Resources
- Additional web resources for patients who want to quit can be found on the Washington County's I want to Quit website.
If you already have a clinic plan in place to treat tobacco dependence, your next step may be to start a quality improvement project to determine efficiency, effectiveness, outcomes and other indicators that will ensure the services you are providing are meeting the needs of your patients, as well as your team, in the best way possible.