105. Treatment Recommendations: Counseling (Continued)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update
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Follow-up Assessment and Procedures

Recommendation: All patients who receive a tobacco dependence intervention should be assessed for abstinence at the completion of treatment and during subsequent contacts. (1) Abstinent patients should have their quitting success acknowledged and the clinician should offer to assist the patient with problems associated with quitting. (2) Patients who have relapsed should be assessed to determine whether they are willing to make another quit attempt. (Strength of Evidence = C):

If the patient is willing to make another quit attempt, provide or arrange additional treatment.

If the patient is not willing to try to quit, provide or arrange an intervention designed to increase future quit attempts.

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Internet Citation: 105. Treatment Recommendations: Counseling (Continued). October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-full/slide105.html