Altarum Institute’s ActionToQuit initiative advocates that all hospitals and health systems in the U.S. contribute to the public’s health by making tobacco cessation a priority. Specifically, we propose that all patients be screened for tobacco as a standard practice and tobacco users be offered cessation treatment and follow-up support to help them quit and remain smoke-free. While this is currently a policy in some health systems, by and large it is not routine procedure in spite of broad agreement that tobacco cessation treatments are both effective and cost-effective. A visit to a health care provider is an ideal opportunity for interventions that can help tobacco users quit. In fact, cessation treatment is one of the most important actions medical professionals can take for their patients.
- Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Indiana Dental Practices new
- Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Meaningful Use
- Using the Electronic Health Record to Connect Primary Cary Patients to Evidence-Based Telephonic Tobacco Quitline Services: A Closed Loop Demonstration Project
- The Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change
- New England Journal of Medicine – Treating Smokers in the Health Care Setting
- Priorities Among Effective Clinical Prevention Services (erratum)
- An Interview with Nancy Rigotti, MD, Harvard Medical School
- “Integrating Comprehensive Tobacco Treatment into the Evolving U.S. Health Care System,”
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A Practical Guide to Working with Health-Care Systems on Tobacco-Use Treatments
- “A Demonstration Project for Using Electronic Health Record to Identify and Treat Tobacco Users,”
an Article by Lindholm C., Adsit, R., Bain, P., Reber, M. P., Brein, T., Redmond, L., Smith, S., & Fiore, C. M. (2010).
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
System Change: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence