63. For the Patient Willing To Quit (Continued)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update
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Strategy A3. Assess—Determine willingness to make a quit attempt

Action Strategies for implementation
Assess every tobacco user's willingness to make a quit attempt at this time. Assess patient's willingness to quit: "Are you willing to give quitting a try?"

  • If the patient is willing to make a quit attempt at this time, provide assistance.
  • If the patient will participate in an intensive treatment, deliver such a treatment or link/refer to an intensive intervention.
  • If the patient is a member of a special population (e.g., adolescent, pregnant smoker, racial/ethnic minority), consider providing additional information.
  • If the patient clearly states he or she is unwilling to make a quit attempt at this time, provide an intervention shown to increase future quit attempts.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: 63. For the Patient Willing To Quit (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/slide63.html