A qualitative evaluation of mental health clinic staff perceptions of barriers and facilitators to treating tobacco use.
Nicotine & Tobacco Research (September 7, 2017, Epub ahead of print).
Veterans with mental health disorders smoke at high rates, but encounter low rates of tobacco treatment. This study, published by the Journal for Nicotine & Tobacco Research, sought to understand barriers and facilitators to treating tobacco use in VA mental health clinics.
This study builds upon the existing literature on the high rates of smoking, but low rates of treatment, in people with mental health diagnoses. This study is one of the few qualitative evaluations of mental health clinic staff perceptions of barriers and facilitators to treating tobacco. The study results provide a multi-level framework for developing strategies to improve the implementation of tobacco treatment programs in mental health clinics.
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