Quitline Tobacco Interventions in Hospitalized Patients. A Randomized Trial

David Oman Warner, Margaret B. Nolan, Sandeep Kadimpati, Michael V. Burke, Andrew C. Hanson, Darrell R. Schroeder

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Introduction: Hospitalization provides an opportunity for smokers to quit, but tobacco interventions can require specialized services that are not available to many hospitals. This study tests the hypothesis that a brief intervention to facilitate the use of telephone quitline services for both initial and follow-up counseling is effective in helping patients achieve sustained abstinence. Design: This was a population-based RCT. Setting: Participants were Olmsted County, MN residents who reported current smoking and were admitted to Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester, MN between May 2012 and August 2014. Intervention: A control group received brief (~5-minute) cessation advice; an intervention group received a brief (~5-minute) quitline facilitation intervention, with either warm handoff or faxed referral to a national quitline provider. All were offered a 2-week supply of nicotine patches at discharge. Main outcome measures: Outcomes included self-reported 7-day point prevalence abstinence at 6 months after hospitalization and quitline utilization. Data analysis was performed from September 2014 to March 2015. Results: Of the 1,409 eligible patients who were approached, 600 (47%) were randomized. The quitline intake call was completed by 195 subjects (65% of the intervention group). Of these, 128 (66%) completed the first coaching call. Self-reported abstinence rates at 6 months after discharge were identical in both groups (24%). Conclusions: The quitline facilitation intervention did not improve self-reported abstinence rates compared with a standard brief stop-smoking intervention. These results do not support the effectiveness of quitlines in providing tobacco use interventions to a general population of hospitalized smokers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
StateAccepted/In press - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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