173. Systems Strategy 3. Dedicate staff to provide tobacco dependence

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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Systems Strategy 3. Dedicate staff to provide tobacco dependence treatment and assess the delivery of this treatment in staff performance evaluations

ActionStrategies for implementation
Clinical sites should communicate to all staff the importance of intervening with tobacco users and should designate a staff person (e.g., nurse, medical assistant, or other clinician) to coordinate tobacco dependence treatments. Non-physician personnel may serve as effective providers of tobacco dependence interventions.

Designate a tobacco dependence treatment coordinator for every clinical site.

Delineate the responsibilities of the tobacco dependence treatment coordinator; e.g., ensuring the systematic identification of smokers, ready access to evidence-based cessation treatments (e.g., quitlines), and scheduling of follow-up visits.

Communicate to each staff member (e.g., nurse, physician, medical assistant, pharmacist, or other clinician) his or her responsibilities in the delivery of tobacco dependence services. Incorporate a discussion of these staff responsibilities into training of new staff.


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Internet Citation: 173. Systems Strategy 3. Dedicate staff to provide tobacco dependence : Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-full/slide173.html