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Office Champions Tobacco Cessation Report Shows Positive National Impact
Academy Now Recruiting Health Centers for Next Step
By News Staff
Building on the success of a 13-month pilot project that launched in June 2010, 49 family medicine practices from across the country were selected last spring to participate in the national dissemination project. Each practice chose an office champion to spearhead the integration of tobacco cessation activities into day-to-day office routines, with the Academy providing training for the champions, as well as tobacco cessation resources and other support.
Percentage of Patients for Whom Tobacco Use Status and Delivery of Tobacco Cessation Advice Was Documented, Pre- and Post-project
The typical office champion submitted three to four system changes per location as part of the practice's implementation plan, with practices indicating a 95 percent completion rate for these alterations.
- According to the final report from the AAFP's 2012 Office Champions Tobacco Cessation National Dissemination Project, participating practices increased documentation of patients' tobacco use status from an average of 88.1 percent to 92.7 percent and the percentage of patients offered tobacco cessation assistance from 35.7 percent to 74.1 percent.
- Nearly 90 percent of the practices reported that all or most of the system changes made during the project were still in place at its conclusion, and 96 percent reported being confident they would be able to sustain their changes.
- The Academy now is looking to recruit 20 federally qualified health centers to bring the model to practices in underserved communities.
"These increases of 5.22 percent and 107.6 percent over baseline show that the Office Champions model was instrumental in assisting the practices successfully make systems changes to integrate tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines," the report concluded.
A list of practices (1-page PDF; About PDFs) that successfully completed the project is available online.
Thanks to an independent medical education grant by Pfizer Inc. through the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, the FQHC project will provide practical strategies -- through an online training module, live teleconferences and assorted materials -- for making systemic clinical changes to improve tobacco cessation activities.
According to the CDC, adults who live in poverty are more likely to smoke than those who live above poverty level. In addition, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration indicates that although an estimated 79.5 percent of community health center patients were queried about tobacco use at least once, only 52.7 percent of those patients received tobacco cessation advice or medication.
Applications will be accepted through March 22. For more information, e-mail project manager Michele Raney or call her at (800) 274-2237, Ext. 3140.
National Office Champions Tobacco Cessation Project Successful