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E-Guide to Developing a Community Outreach Network to Motivate Smokers to Quit after Discharge from Clinics or Hospitals

2013 | Download

Many smokers are readmitted into clinics and hospitals because they are not referred to smoking cessation programs after they are discharged. Post-discharge follow ups are critical to improving chances to quit smoking.

New Joint Commission measures that went into effect Jan 1, 2012 have made such follow up voluntary. Whether or not a hospital chooses to adopt the new Tobacco Treatment Measure set in order to help smokers, this mini e-guide offers community health organizations or pharmacy, nursing or public health schools an opportunity to developing a community based outreach cessation motivation and referral service for smokers, to increase cessation rates, and reduce readmissions. Since many hospitals do not have the staff to provide smoking patients with post-discharge follow-up to quit smoking beyond statewide help-lines, this type of project can fill a service gap.

This mini e-guide offers community health organizations or pharmacy, nursing or public health schools an opportunity to developing a community based outreach- cessation motivation and referral service for smokers, to increase cessation rates, and reduce readmissions.

Read the guide.

Groups that may benefit from this guide include:

  • Schools of Public Health or Pharmacy, and Preceptors
  • County Health Departments
  • Local Public Health or Tobacco Control Coalitions
  • Hospital Discharge Planning Teams