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Assessing Trends in Tobacco Cessation in Diverse Patient Populations.

Thursday, May 14, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Victor J. Stevens, Leif I. Solberg, Steffani Bailey, Stephen E. Kurtz, Mary Ann McBurnie, Elisa L. Priest, Jon E. Puro, Rebecca Williams, Stephen P. Fortmann, andBrian L. Hazlehurst.
Assessing Trends in Tobacco Cessation in Diverse Patient Populations.
Nicotine Tob Res published 28 April 2015, 10.1093/ntr/ntv092
This study examined change in tobacco use over four years among the general population of patients in six diverse health care organizations using electronic medical record data. The study cohort (N = 34,393) included all patients age 18 years or older who were identified as smokers in 2007, and who then had at least one primary care visit in each of the following four years.
Among smokers who regularly used these care systems, one in seven had achieved long-term cessation after 4 years. This study shows the practicality of using electronic medical records for monitoring patient smoking status over time. Similar methods could be used to assess tobacco use in any health care organization to evaluate the impact of environmental and organizational programs.

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