More Hospitals Help Inpatients Quit Smoking
In an editorial recently published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, UW-CTRI Director Dr. Michael Fiore and UW-CTRI Outreach Director Rob Adsit wrote about their optimism that more hospital staff will seize the opportunity to help inpatients quit tobacco use.
Approximately 20% of 3,705 hospitals are now reporting their performance on the tobacco cessation measure set, according to The Joint Commission. While this is an improvement since the release of the 2008 Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, there is still much work to be done, they wrote.
“A binding rule that incentivizes compliance would likely dramatically improve the percentage of inpatients who get help to quit smoking,” Fiore said. “It takes resources for hospitals to meet, measure, and demonstrate compliance.”
In the paper, Fiore and Adsit pointed to two landmark policy changes that encourage hospitals to help inpatients quit smoking:
“Fortunately, with these 2 policy advances, along with advances in research and electronic health records, I’m hopeful more hospitals will help their patients quit smoking this year than ever before,” Adsit said.
Fiore MC, Adsit R. Will Hospitals Finally “Do The Right Thing”? Providing Evidence-Based Tobacco Dependence Treatments to Hospitalized Patients Who Smoke. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2016. May;42(5):207-8.