There is a need for smoking to be identified and treated systematically as part of standard practice in all healthcare settings. Helping patients quit smoking is not new to clinicians; however, success with helping patients to quit smoking can be enhanced by ensuring your clinical setting has a system in place for intervening with smokers.
The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in the outpatient setting involves a common approach to:
- identifying the smoking status of patients at each clinic visit;
- advising all smokers to quit;
- providing assistance with quitting while in the clinic; and
- ensuring attachment to follow-up counselling once they leave the clinic to assist them in remaining smoke-free.
"Initial, effective smoking cessation counselling can be delivered as part of routine clinical practice in as little as two minutes."
- Andrew Pipe, MD, CM, Chief, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, UOHI