166. Components of Intensive Treatment
|Assessment||Assessments should determine whether tobacco users are willing to make a quit attempt using an intensive treatment program. Other assessments can provide information useful in counseling (e.g., stress level, dependence; see Chapter 6A, Specialized Assessment).|
|Program clinicians||Multiple types of clinicians are effective and should be used. One counseling strategy would be to have a medical/health care clinician deliver a strong message to quit, information about health risks and benefits, recommend and prescribe medications recommended in this Guideline update. Nonmedical clinicians could then deliver additional counseling interventions.|
|Program intensity||There is evidence of a strong dose-response relation; therefore, when possible, the intensity of the program should be:
Session length—longer than 10 minutes.
Number of sessions—4 or more sessions.