Promoting the implementation of a research-based tobacco cessation initiative, free of charge to tobacco users, is critical to a comprehensive tobacco program. Engaging healthcare professionals and health advocates in tobacco cessation referral will also help improve the health of current and former tobacco users. 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 that provides tobacco cessation resources within primary care settings according to the U.S. Public Health Services guidelines for treating tobacco dependence. This systems change model is best implemented in conjunction with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. The model represents the most streamlined referral process for connect patients to the evidence based tobacco cessation resources available from the Texas Quitline. The Quitline services are funded by the Texas Department of State Health Seervices.
There are several resources available to help healthcare providers connect their patients with the Texas Quitline tobacco cessation counseling.
The following resources are designed to help Texans in quitting tobacco through the Quitline service, including:
Referral to the Texas Quitline is also available to healthcare providers by a mobile application. This application is designed for in-office or community encounters. By filling out the referral form the app will send a secure electronic fax referral message to the Quitline. The Quitline will then contact the patient to start the program. Click here to download Texas Quitline App for Android and Apple devices.
The Help to Quit app is designed to help community based health promoters educate the public on the danger of tobacco use and exposure and to provide quick access toTexas Quitline referral. The app provides easy to read information about how tobacco impacts children and people with difference chronic diseases as well as links to training videos, health information and advocacy agencies. Click here to download the Help to Quit app for Android and Apple devices.
The eTobacco Protocol provides a tobacco cessation referral process that can be integrated into a healthcare system’s EMR in order to electronically refer patients to the Quitline. A Quitline counselor will then call the patient within 48 hours. To learn more, go to the eTobacco Protocol page or call 512.232.9307 for assistance.
Videos and PowerPoint presentations are also available to provide information about tobacco cessation resources and train staff to use the eTobacco Protocol.
Please contact us if you would like more information about the healthcare systems change initiatives or any of these resources.