No level of smoking or tobacco use is safe. Tobacco addiction is a chronic condition, often requiring multiple quit attempts for a tobacco user to become tobacco free. There are effective, evidence-based, brief clinical interventions available to help patients who smoke. Tobacco cessation protocols can be integrated into the tobacco use identification and intervention clinical workflow.
Create Your Own Protocol
Create your own tobacco cessation protocol using our template and implementation guidance document, which includes insights from stakeholders in the tobacco cessation community.
Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Tobacco Intervention Workflow
This tobacco intervention workflow is included in a question-and-answer style case study that highlights an extensive health systems change effort that was undertaken by Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates to improve tobacco dependence treatment in a health care system.
Louisiana State University Health System Tobacco Control Initiative Treatment Protocol
This treatment protocol is included in a question-and-answer style case study that provides an overview of Louisiana State University Health System Tobacco Control Initiative, which is focused on developing and implementing a systematic approach to treating tobacco use in one of the largest safety-net health delivery systems in the country.
Veterans Health Administration (VHA): Tobacco Use Cessation Treatment Guidance
This three-part treatment guidance includes two easy-to-use charts and a table detailing VHA medication options. Part 1 provides guidance on “The 5 A’s” (ask, advise, assess, assist, arrange) used to address tobacco use among current and former smokers. Part 2 provides a flowchart to assist providers in selecting VHA first-line therapies and what to do for those patients who relapse. Part 3 consists of a detailed table describing VHA smoking cessation medication regimens, including pros/cons, limitations, and dosing recommendations.
National Cancer Institute: Smokefree.gov The information and professional assistance available on this website can help to support your patients’ immediate and long-term needs as they become, and remain, nonsmokers. Smokefree.gov allows patients to choose the help that best fits their needs.
Use standardized treatment protocols to improve blood pressure control by clarifying titration intervals revealing new treatment options and expanding the types of staff that can assist in timely follow-up with patients.
Create Your Own Protocol
Create your own hypertension treatment protocol using our template, guidance document, interactive guide and insights from established stakeholder in the heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment community.
The featured protocols are examples of a wide variety of available evidence-based protocols that practices and health care systems may consider for adoption and use. Linking to non-federal sites does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or any of their employees of the sponsors or the information or products presented on the sites. Links to non-federal sites containing protocols serve only as a source of guidance. Health care professionals should always consider the individual clinical circumstances of each person. Links to the protocols are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice; individuals should seek advice from their health care professionals.
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