UW-PASS: UW Partnership to Assist & Serve Smokers

A $9 million P-50 grant from the National Cancer Institute provided five years of funding for UW-CTRI to study various quit-smoking treatments in primary-care clinics throughout Wisconsin. In this study, led by Dr. Michael Fiore and Dr. Tim Baker, UW-CTRI delivered seamless, cutting-edge treatments for all smokers, including those who were ready to quit and those who weren’t.

Beginning in the summer of 2010, UW-CTRI offered participation to patients who smoked and visited select primary-care clinics within two health-care systems—Dean Health System and Aurora Health Care. Medical assistants at partnering clinics identified smokers and asked if they were interested in being contacted about a study. They invited all smokers whether they were willing to quit or not. If the patient was interested, an e-mail was generated from the electronic medical record to UW-PASS staff, employed by UW-CTRI, who conducted screening, orientation, patient visits and follow up. The electronic medical records were supported by Epic Systems Corp. and Cerner. All participants have completed treatment.

Researchers have examined a menu of intervention options and developed an optimal treatment package that a clinic can match to virtually any individual smoker who walks through the door. 

Collins LM, Trail JB, Kugler KC, Baker TB, Piper ME, Mermelstein RJ. Evaluating individual Intervention Components: Making Decisions Based On The Results of a Factorial Screening Experiment. Translational Behavioral Medicine. [Abstract]

Baker TB, Fiore MC. Invited Commentary on Richter-Ellerbeck: Treating More Smokers, More of the Time, More Successfully. Addiction. 2015;110(3):388-9. [Abstract]