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Provider satisfaction with an inpatient tobacco treatment program: results from an inpatient provider survey

Authors Trout S, Ripley-Moffitt C, Meernik C, Greyber J, Goldstein AO

Received 14 March 2017

Accepted for publication 10 August 2017

Published 19 October 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 363—369


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

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Susan Trout, Carol Ripley-Moffitt, Clare Meernik, Jennifer Greyber, Adam O Goldstein

Nicotine Dependence Program, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Background: Hospitalization offers an optimal environment for ensuring that patients receive evidence-based treatment. An inpatient tobacco treatment program can deliver interventions broadly, but minimal research has examined the impacts of a consult program on inpatient providers. The Nicotine Dependence Program at the University of North Carolina has provided an inpatient tobacco treatment consult service since 2010.
Objective: The program sought feedback from inpatient providers to examine factors that prompted tobacco treatment consult orders, the impact on provider counseling behavior, provider satisfaction, and suggested program improvements.
Design: Providers who had ordered a tobacco treatment consult received an online anonymous survey.
Setting: The University of North Carolina Hospital is an academic medical facility with 803 beds and over 37,000 inpatient admissions annually from all 100 counties in North Carolina. Approximately 20% of these inpatients report current use of any tobacco product.
Medical providers who ordered inpatient tobacco treatment consults from July 2012 to June 2013 (n=265) received the survey, with 118 providers responding (44.5% response rate).
Almost all providers reported being satisfied with the consult program and believed it was effective. Key factors in provider satisfaction included ease of accessing the service, saving provider time, and offering patients evidence-based tobacco use treatment. The consult program increased the likelihood of providers prescribing tobacco cessation medications at discharge, as well as following up at post-discharge appointments.
Conclusion: This is some of the first research to show provider satisfaction, program usage, and outcomes with an inpatient tobacco treatment program and demonstrates the important impact of implementing tobacco treatment services within hospitals.

provider satisfaction, tobacco, tobacco treatment counseling, inpatient, hospital, smoking, smoking cessation

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