In early November Traci and Vanessa traveled to the wonderful city of Boston for the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting.
Traci Capesius presented on the results of an evaluation of a tobacco cessation systems change funding initiative. She discussed the system changes four Minnesota health systems were able to implement so that tobacco use is addressed routinely with all patients as well as the key facilitators of those changes. Attendees were most interested in how electronic medical records could be modified to facilitate tobacco use intervention by staff and providers in the health care setting.
Vanessa presented a poster titled “Does it Work? One internet based tobacco cessation program’s quit outcomes.” The presentation was based upon a pilot survey of the Florida Quitline’s Web Coach tobacco cessation program. The authors examined different factors around the web cessation program such as utilization, NRT, demographics, and satisfaction levels as they related to quit outcomes and found that quit outcomes are similar to those of cessation quitlines, especially for participants who receive NRT and utilize the website at a higher level. Attendees were interested in the poster in large part due to the limited amount of research currently available about the effectiveness of web based tobacco cessation programs.