With support from the CDC, the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change developed two reports that provide in depth case-studies and summarize barries and lessons learned from 23 project funded in 12 states. Click here for more information.
Relationship between Smokers' Modes of Entry into Quitlines and Treatment Outcomes, an article published in the American Journal of Health Behavior (Jan 2012) indicates that smokers referred to the Arizona Quitline by a health care provider were more likely to quit smoking than were those who self-referred.
The Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change offers several webinars on meaninful use, integration of Quitlines into healthcare systems and electronic health records (EHRs). Click here for more information.
Tobacco Cessation Initiatives for Healthcare Systems Change
Systemic change within hospital systems is imperative to creating sustainable and effective programs in the field of tobacco cessation and control. In August 2010, the University of Texas Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team convened a consortium of academics, cessation specialists, healthcare systems officials, local community members, subject matter experts and public health staff to develop the University of Texas Healthcare Tobacco Cessation Systems Change Model. The model illustrates an implementation strategy for providing tobacco cessation resources within primary care settings according to the U.S. Public Health Services guidelines for treating tobacco dependence. The systems change model is best implemented in conjunction with Electronic Medical Record systems.
Promoting the implementation of a research-based tobacco cessation initiative that is free to tobacco users is a critical to the comprehensive tobacco program. Involving physicians and clinicians will help improve the health of current and former tobacco users.
Additional consortiums are being planned to strengthen the infrastructure that supports clinical referral to tobacco cessation resources. These initiatives are designed to encourage dialogue between healthcare systems administrators, insurance providers and tobacco cessation scholars, advocates, employers and all who share responsibility for provision of tobacco cessation resources.
The links to the left are resources that have been developed for this initiative. Please contact us if you would like more information about the healthcare systems change initiatives or any of our resources.
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