Based on your answers, we have prepared the following personalized recommendations for you to review and then complete the fillable action plan with your team.
Here is what we would recommend your team consider in the absence of an institution wide cessation program.
Active Referrals of your patients to state/national quitlines
Passive referrals of your patients to state national/national quitlines
Provide information on National Quitline – FAQ
Watch this instructional video
Note: Please check out our Resources tab “For Patients” for various community level resources
In addition, many county level programs offer tobacco cessation classes – so please check with your local health department for more information.
The SmokeFree Txt Program and Your Patients.
Watch Dr. Erin Sutfin as she shares how to integrate the SmokeFree Txt Program in your radiology facility
If not, we recommend that you:
Identify someone to provide cessation support, consider this a “warm” hand-off (connection to pharmacy, connection to long term cessation support)
If you don’t have a cessation champion we encourage you to:
Identify a cessation champion. And, be open to the idea that your cessation champion might be you!
Note: Physicians, nurses, psychologists, key staff or others who can open doors to cessation support and publicize cessation services to colleagues and senior leadership.
See What This Champion Has To Say
Listen to Dr. Martha Tingen, Tobacco Cessation Program Director at the Georgia Cancer Center talk about creating impact.
What Other Champions Across The Country Want To Share With You!
I would say that it’s not as hard as it sounds, first off. Then, I would say that the first thing that should be done is to look at what services their system already has and to try to take full advantage of the resources that are offered through their system. Secondly, I would say that it’s crucial to gain the buy-in from CT technologists. They have to be on board and they have to be also educated about importance—and the role that they have in smoking cessation. Then, I think one thing that kind of impressed me after the study was realizing that there’s no magic bullet, there’s no single solution that will be the cure-all for smoking cessation but realize that every little contribution can make a difference and that even a small change in your practice can have wide scale implications for smoking cessation.
Lung Screening Nurse Practitioner
One, I would think that it’s not necessary that the person that does the smoking cessation counseling or visits needs to be down there, but I think the techs can do the job. They can gently ask the patient like it’s just a routine set of questions. Are you still smoking? Have you ever thought about quitting? Would you like to have extra help with smoking cessation? If they get an answer to yes to those questions, then they can provide more information. Then, they can encourage patients to call. Even techs could keep a list, and at the end of the week, they could send it to smoking cessation areas within clinics to let them know this is the patient list.
I would say the two pivotal people are our CT technology head and our smoking cessation team. As we were implementing this I realized how much really depends on our technologist, to be motivated, be educated, and be aware of our lung cancer screening patients. To admit, before the OaSiS trial, I didn’t realize that we had those services available. Since then I’ve developed a much closer relationship with our smoking cessation team. One of the support members on that team is actually on a committee that I’m on for—a system wide committee for lung cancer care in general. We were introduced initially through the OaSiS trial, and now we have grown our relationship more. I think those two were definitely key to the success of our program.