Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling: A randomized controlled trial

D. Brad Rindal, William A. Rush, Titus Schleyer, Michael Kirshner, Raymond G. Boyle, Merry Jo Thoele, Stephen E. Asche, Thankam Paul Thyvalikakath, Heiko Spallek, Emily C U Durand, Chris J. Enstad, Charles L. Huntley

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Background: Decreases in smoking prevalence from recent decades have slowed, and national goals to reduce tobacco use remain unmet. Healthcare providers, including those in physician and dental teams, have access to evidence-based guidelines to help patients quit smoking. Translation of those guidelines into practice, however, remains low. Approaches that involve screening for drug use, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) are a promising, practical solution. Purpose: This study examined whether dentists and dental hygienists would assess interest in quitting, deliver a brief tobacco intervention, and refer to a tobacco quitline more frequently as reported by patients if given computer-assisted guidance in an electronic patient record versus a control group providing usual care. Design: A blocked, group-randomized trial was conducted from November 2010 to April 2011. Randomization was conducted at the clinic level. Patients nested within clinics represented the lowest-level unit of observation. Setting/participants: Participants were patients in HealthPartners dental clinics. Intervention: Intervention clinics were given a computer-assisted tool that suggested scripts for patient discussions. Usual care clinics provided care without the tool. Main outcome measures: Primary outcomes were post-appointment patient reports of the provider assessing interest in quitting, delivering a brief intervention, and referring them to a quitline. Results: Patient telephone surveys (72% response rate) indicated that providers assessed interest in quitting (control 70% vs intervention 87%, p=0.0006); discussed specific strategies for quitting (control 26% vs intervention 47%, p=0.003); and referred the patient to a tobacco quitline (control 17% vs intervention 37%, p=0.007) more frequently with the support of a computer-assisted tool integrated into the electronic health record. Conclusions: Clinical decision support embedded in electronic health records can effectively help providers deliver tobacco interventions. These results build on evidence in medical settings supporting this approach to improve provider-delivered tobacco cessation. Trial registration: This study is registered at ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01584882.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-264
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Tobacco Use Cessation
Dental Offices
Counseling
Randomized Controlled Trials
Tobacco
Electronic Health Records
Smoking
Clinical Decision Support Systems
Dental Hygienists
Dental Clinics
Preclinical Drug Evaluations
Tobacco Use
Random Allocation
Dentists
Practice Guidelines
Telephone
Health Personnel
Appointments and Schedules
Tooth
Referral and Consultation

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling : A randomized controlled trial. / Rindal, D. Brad; Rush, William A.; Schleyer, Titus; Kirshner, Michael; Boyle, Raymond G.; Thoele, Merry Jo; Asche, Stephen E.; Thyvalikakath, Thankam Paul; Spallek, Heiko; Durand, Emily C U; Enstad, Chris J.; Huntley, Charles L.

In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 44, No. 3, 03.2013, p. 260-264.

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Rindal, DB, Rush, WA, Schleyer, T, Kirshner, M, Boyle, RG, Thoele, MJ, Asche, SE, Thyvalikakath, TP, Spallek, H, Durand, ECU, Enstad, CJ & Huntley, CL 2013, 'Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling: A randomized controlled trial', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 260-264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2012.10.023
Rindal, D. Brad ; Rush, William A. ; Schleyer, Titus ; Kirshner, Michael ; Boyle, Raymond G. ; Thoele, Merry Jo ; Asche, Stephen E. ; Thyvalikakath, Thankam Paul ; Spallek, Heiko ; Durand, Emily C U ; Enstad, Chris J. ; Huntley, Charles L. / Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling : A randomized controlled trial. In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 44, No. 3. pp. 260-264.
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