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Diabetes Educ. 2011 Sep-Oct;37(5):625-32. doi: 10.1177/0145721711416010.

Collaborating with diabetes educators to promote smoking cessation for people with diabetes: the California experience.

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1
The California Diabetes Program, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA (Ms MacAller)
2
Consultant, Poway, CA (Ms Brown)
3
California Obesity Prevention Program, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA (Ms Black)
4
Sutter Medical Foundation, Sacramento, CA (Ms Greenwood)

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Smoking exacerbates the harmful effects of diabetes by increasing risk of diabetes-related complications such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, nephropathy, and neuropathy. To address the smoking cessation needs of people with diabetes, a partnership was formed among diabetes educators, the California Department of Public Health's Diabetes and Tobacco Control Programs, and the California Smokers' Helpline.

METHODS:

A task force composed of 8 diabetes educators voluntarily designed and implemented a statewide educational campaign titled, "Do You cAARd?" The program aimed to promote referrals to the state's tobacco quitline by diabetes educators. Intervention activities included development of a "toolkit" for diabetes educators, presentations at American Association of Diabetes Educators chapter meetings, distribution of pocket-sized smoking cessation materials, and a print media campaign.

RESULTS:

The campaign reached 170 diabetes educators directly via educational presentations. A post-campaign online survey of 46 diabetes educators showed 80% had referred clients to the Helpline for smoking cessation support, 76% knew the Helpline's phone number, and 70% had distributed Helpline materials. More than 700 toolkits were downloaded, potentially reaching as many as 75% of California's 900 diabetes educators. The percentage of Helpline calls from people with diabetes and the proportion of callers referred by health care providers also increased over time.

CONCLUSIONS:

This program partnership serves as a sustainable, efficient, replicable outreach model for smoking cessation.

PMID:
21918203
DOI:
10.1177/0145721711416010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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