Solving The Puzzle — Clinicians
Find resources dedicated to assisting clinicians in tobacco control efforts. Become more knowledgeable about tobacco control through educational materials, steps to integrate tobacco control into patient visits, and guidelines on reimbursement.
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These videos and Web sites may assist you and your staff in gaining more education in tobacco control or earning Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
- Creating a Smoke-free Household (mpg, 78.7 MB)
- Motivational Interviewing (mpg, 57.4MB)
- Prevention and Adolescents (mpg, 46.8MB)
- Ready to Quit (mpg, 97.2MB)
Find useful resources to assist in research or in formulating presentations.
- AAP Tobacco Policy Statement
In November 2009, the AAP released a policy statement titled "Tobacco Use: A Pediatric Disease." This policy statement is a comprehensive, straightforward approach to changing the current climate surrounding tobacco use and smoke exposure in children.
- Technical Report — Secondhand and Prenatal Tobacco Smoke Exposure
- Technical Report — Tobacco as a Substance of Abuse
- Appendix — Diseases and Other Adverse Health Events with Which Secondhand or Prenatal Tobacco Smoke Exposure Has Been Associated
- Appendix — General Tobacco Resources by Category
- Appendix — Resources for Smoke Free Multi-unit Housing
- Beliefs About the Health Effects of "Thirdhand" Smoke and Home Smoking Bans
This article, written by AAP Richmond Center researchers, discusses thirdhand tobacco smoke and how this impacts home smoking bans.
- Clearing the Smoke: Assessing the Science Base for Tobacco Harm Reduction. Institute of Medicine Report, 2001
This report looks at the types of products that could reduce harm from the effects of tobacco and reviews the available evidence for their impact on various forms of cancer and other major ailments. It also recommends approaches to governing these products and tracking their public health effects.
- Public Health Service Guidelines Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence 2008 Update
This evidence-based, updated guideline provides specific recommendations regarding brief and intensive tobacco cessation interventions as well as system-level changes designed to promote the assessment and treatment of tobacco use.
- Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Chronic Conditions of Childhood
This commentary from the July 2010 issue of Pediatrics discusses common childhood chronic illnesses that are exacerbated by tobacco smoke. Clinicians need to become advocates for their patients, and take a more proactive role in assisting parental quit attempts.
- Surgeon General Reports on Tobacco
Topics in these reports cover different populations at risk for tobacco use, prevention, and health effects.
There are a number of ways to integrate a true systems change. Listed below are resources that offer tips and strategies to incorporate a consistent way to address tobacco control during patient visits.
The Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) program was developed to help child health care clinicians adjust their office setting to address parental tobacco use in an Ask, Assist, Refer approach. Below are items that will help your practice learn how to implement the program, collect patient information, identify staff responsibilities, and promote your cause.
- Addressing Family Smoking in Child Health Care Settings
This article discusses the utilization of the CEASE program to implement evidence-based tobacco control practices with family members into pediatric office visits.
- Systems Change: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, US Department of Health and Human Services
The 2008 Update to the Clinical Practice Guideline offers this evidenced-based guideline for clinicians to use when treating patients who use tobacco.
- Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence—A Systems Approach
The University of Arkansas Medical School released this guide to systems change, as well as approaches to implementing changes, and strategies for action.
When a clinician spends time discussing tobacco with a patient or family, it is important to get paid for the time spent by coding correctly. Below are some tools that can help.
- Coding and Payment Resources from the AAP
Coding and payment recommendations from experts at the Academy to help your practice get reimbursement for services related to counseling for tobacco use and exposure to SHS.
- Reimbursement for Smoking Cessation Therapy
In this guide created by Physician Assisted Cessation Therapy (PACT), information is given to clinicians on how to obtain reimbursement for smoking cessation treatments and counseling. The guide also assists in navigating around coverage deficiencies.
- The Power of Paperwork: How Philip Morris Neutralized the Medical Code for Secondhand Smoke
This article gives background to smoking cessation coding by taking a closer look at the code created in 1994 for smoking cessation therapy. The code became invalid as a result of a two million dollar campaign by Phillip Morris that included lobbying, Paperwork Reduction Act challenges, and the strong support for other, less comprehensive codes.