|Awarded On||July 27, 2011|
|Title||Healthcare systems change for tobacco cessation|
|Award Mechanism||Health Behavior Change Through Public and Professional Education and Training|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Alexandra Loukas|
|Cancer Sites||All Sites|
Approximately 27,000 Texans a year are diagnosed with tobacco related cancers. The number one cause of cancer deaths among Texas men and women is lung cancer--nearly 90% of these deaths in men are attributed to smoking. Effective interventions are needed to motivate existing and former tobacco users to quit.
Primary health care settings are ideal intervention sites and research shows that the advice of a health care professional can more than double cessation success rates. However, only 13% of physicians say they usually refer smokers to appropriate treatments and only 17% say they usually arrange for follow-up visits to address tobacco. A system-wide change is needed that will make it easi...