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Working with Healthcare Delivery Systems to Improve the Delivery of Tobacco-Use Treatment to Patients
This Action Guide provides information on the resources and key steps to work with healthcare delivery systems to improve the delivery of tobacco-use treatment to patients. Tobacco-use screening and brief intervention is ranked among the most effective clinical preventive services. Strategies that create systems in healthcare settings are successful in helping improve the delivery of this service. One such strategy involves creating a system that prompts healthcare providers to identify tobacco-using patients and to advise those patients against tobacco use at every visit. Healthcare providers are educated on how to treat patients who use tobacco and patients receive materials to educate and motivate them to quit and remain abstinent. This strategy can be used in various healthcare delivery systems, such as private practices, managed care organizations, hospitals, or public health clinics, and can involve a variety of healthcare provider specialties.


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