Guiding Principles (All Settings)
- Identify the most appropriate staff members to support the task and aid the providers.
- Document your referrals (for quality care and quality incentive programs)
- Use patient education materials to help patients consider the decision
The best time to refer patients is earlier in their hospital stay. This may work since hospitalized patients:
- Are temporarily in a smoke-free environment and out of their normal routine (some regular triggers are absent)
- May be more motivated given their condition, particularly if they are told that smoking hinders bone/wound healing and makes certain conditions worse.
For Physician Offices
- Check patient tobacco use at every visit, and refer patients to QUiTWORKS-RI when they want to quit or need help avoiding relapse.
For Employers and Labor Organizations
- If your worksite has an on-site clinician (e.g. wellness manager, EAP, nurse), partner with the Rhode Island Department of Health to implement QUiTWORKS-RI
- Distribute information about QUiTWORKS-RI to employees
- Create an environment that is conducive to quitting and that supports smokers’ quit attempts