Implementation Strategies to Improve Tobacco Treatment for UF Health Cancer Center Patients

Purpose

Tobacco use among cancer survivors reduces the effectiveness of cancer treatments, increases the risk for additional primary cancers, and increases mortality. Implementation of tobacco treatment for cancer patients is challenging, but may be improved substantially with clinically-efficient and sustainable solutions to accurately identify tobacco users, direct them to evidence-based treatment, and provide demonstrable outcomes for stakeholders.

At UF Health Cancer Center (UFHCC), patient access and utilization of tobacco use treatment are sub optimal. Further, UFHCC has a largely rural catchment area with a high burden of tobacco-related disease and mortality. To address this research-to-practice gap using a mixed-methods approach to assess the relevant contextual factors at UFHCC and evaluate the feasibility of implementing a multi-level intervention to increase tobacco treatment utilization and improve health outcomes.

This study uses a mixed methods approach and will inform the design of a pragmatic clinical trial to improve the delivery of tobacco use treatment services to cancer patients. Guided by a conceptual model that emphasizes patient, provider, and organizational characteristics, the study team will identify factors that influence the implementation process at the UFHCC. The ultimate goal of the proposed research is to provide new knowledge to facilitate the widespread adoption, implementation, and dissemination and sustained utilization of evidence-based tobacco use treatments in cancer care settings.

Age

18 to 65
65 and over

Gender

N/A

Monetary compensation

No

Can be done from home

No

Keywords

nicotine addiction, withdrawal

Principal Investigator

Ramzi Salloum, Assistant Professor

Department

Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics

Contact Information

rsalloum@ufl.edu

352.294.4997


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