Point of care tobacco treatment sustains during COVID-19, a global pandemic

Publication date: August 18, 2021

Authors: Ethan J. Craig, Alex T. Ramsey, Timothy B. Baker, Aimee S. James, Douglas A. Luke, Sara Malone, Jingling Chen, Giang Pham, Nina Smock, Paula Goldberg, Ramaswamy Govindan, Laura J. Bierut, Li-Shiun Chen

Description: An article published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology explores tobacco cessation treatment for cancer patients using a point of care model enabled by electronic health record (EHR) modifications. The results show the point of care treatment model increased the reach of tobacco cessation treatment in a comprehensive cancer care center. The results were obtained during the COVID-19 pandemic while changes in healthcare prioritization were taking place. Furthermore, even though smoking cessation decreased during the pandemic, the treatment model’s reach and effectiveness was sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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