Cancer Prevention: Building Capacity in Primary Care to Address Tobacco Dependence

The proposed project will embed the Maine Tobacco Helpline “Direct Messaging” referral feature into the Electronic Health Records of participating practices, and provide training, feedback and technical assistance to clinicians in these practices, which are members of the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization.

Research has shown that embedding “tobacco quitline” referrals into an Electronic Health Record increases referrals to evidence-based tobacco treatment, and improves the success of those referrals when paired with onsite-training, performance feedback, and technical assistance.

Smokers who receive advice to quit from their doctor are 30% more like to quit than those who do not. The intent of this project is to standardize brief tobacco interventions, make referral to the Maine Tobacco Helpline easier and more sustainable, and thereby increase referrals for tobacco treatment.

Organization: 
MaineHealth, Center for Tobacco Independence
Grant Amount Given: 
$50,000
Year Issued: 
2016
Grant Category: 
Prevention
Types of Cancer: 
Lung

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2016 Cancer Prevention: Building Capacity in Primary Care to Address Tobacco Dependence $50,000 Prevention MaineHealth, Center for Tobacco Independence