166. Components of Intensive Treatment

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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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.

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