Promoting Tobacco Cessation in a Community-Based Womens Health CentreAnnamaria Masucci Twarozek1, Thomas Eggert2, Zachary G Puca2, Nefertiti DuPont1, Deborah O Erwin3, Chester H Fox4 and Martin C Mahoney5*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Martin C Mahoney
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, New York 14263
Email: [email protected]
Received date January 05, 2015; Accepted date February 20, 2015; Published date February 25, 2015
Citation: Twarozek AM, Eggert T, Puca ZG, DuPont N, Erwin DO, et al. (2015) Promoting Tobacco Cessation in a Community-Based Women’s Health Centre. J Women’s Health Care 4:225. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000225
Copyright: © 2015 Manoney MC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: This report assesses the impact of a series of education sessions delivered to office staff on the delivery of smoking cessation services among patients seeking care at a community-based women’s health center.
Methods: A quasi-experimental design was used to examine the delivery of smoking cessation services to patients in a medical office before and after office staff attended a series of 3 educational sessions intended to increase their knowledge and self-efficacy to address cessation. Delivery of smoking cessation services was documented through a systematic review of medical records using a structured abstraction form.
Results: While nearly all smokers (93%) were asked about smoking status at their last office visit, few smokers at baseline or follow-up were assessed for interest in setting a quit date or offered pharmacotherapy. Referrals to the smokers quit line increased from <1% at baseline to 8% at follow-up (p<0.001) and “any assistance” also showed a modest but significant increase (<1% baseline, 9% follow-up, p<0.001).
Conclusion: This evaluation identified modest changes in the delivery of smoking cessation services in this women’s health office before and after completion of a series of educational interventions for office staff. It is anticipated that the implementation of patient centered medical homes, and EMR systems, will help to enhance the delivery of smoking cessation services to women seeking medical care.