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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Sep;35(5):546-56.

Emergency department-initiated tobacco dependence treatment.

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  • 1Department of Respiratory and Surgical Technology, College of Health Related Professions, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, USA. MA@uams.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the feasibility of a fax referral program to increase enrollment in tobacco dependence treatment in emergency department (ED) patients.

METHODS:

The control group received quit advice and printed information; the intervention group also received a faxed referral that generated telephone contacts.

RESULTS:

Treatment enrollment was higher in the intervention group (13.5% vs 2.7%). Only the faxed referral was associated with treatment enrollment.

CONCLUSIONS:

An ED intervention is feasible. Faxed referral resulted in a 5-fold increase in tobacco treatment enrollment. The ED may be an opportune setting to facilitate smoking-cessation behavior change among lower income, underserved patients.

PMID:
22040616
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PMCID:
PMC3716374
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