Health Care Providers
Altarum advocates that all healthcare professionals 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 tobacco free. While this is currently a standard of care for some providers, it is not routine practice across the board in spite of broad agreement that tobacco cessation treatments are both effective and cost-effective. We believe tobacco cessation treatment is one of the most important actions medical professionals can take for their patients.
An MMWR study published in June 2012 tracked some three billion visits to physicians’ offices from 2005-2009 and found that:
- Only 20.9% of adult patients who use tobacco received cessation counseling, and
- Only 7.6% of patients who use tobacco received a tobacco cessation medication.
However, the report also notes that recent smoking cessation success is much higher for those persons who visited a physician in the past year than those who did not (7.2% vs. 3.9%). Thus, physician tobacco cessation interventions should be seen as highly effective, when implemented.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Medical Association
- Educating Physicians on Controversies & Challenges in Health: Smoking Cessation in Special Populations
- Partnership for Prevention and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthcare Provider Reminder Systems
- University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
- University of California, San Francisco
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Public Health Service Smokers Quit: A Guide for Clinicians
- Increases in Smoking Cessation Interventions After a Feedback and Improvement Initiative Using Electronic Health Records — 19 Community Health Centers, New York City, October 2010–March 2012
- Tobacco Use Screening and Cessation Assistance During Physician Office Visits Among Persons Aged 11–21 Years — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2004–2010
- Journal of the American Medical Association – Strategies to Help a Smoker Who Is Struggling to Quit
- Journal of the American Medical Association – How Clinicians Can Help Smokers to Quit
- Health Care Providers’ Advice to Quit Smoking, National Health Interview Survey, 2000, 2005, and 2010
- How the Most Trusted Venues for Health-Related Information Influence Physician Referrals to Smoking Cessation Services
- MMWR -Tobacco Use Screening and Counseling During Physician Office Visits Among Adults England Journal of Medicine