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Checking Smoking Status as a Routine Vital Sign: A Cluster-Randomized Trial of Its Effect on Cessation Counseling

This study has been completed.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier:
First received: October 25, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: October 2005
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study is to determine if checking smoking status as a routine vital sign increases the delivery rate of cessation counseling to adult smokers in primary care practices.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Smoking status as a routine vital sign

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Does Checking Smoking Status as a Vital Sign Increase Physician Counseling? A Practice-Level Randomized Controlled Trial

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Checking smoking status as a vital sign increases the practice-level rate of cessation counseling (any counseling beyond simply inquiring about smoking status) at visits by current adult smokers.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Checking smoking status as a vital sign increases the practice-level rate of addressing two counseling subcomponents: simple quit advice and more intensive discussion.

Estimated Enrollment: 2000
Study Start Date: November 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2004
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Current use of tobacco
  • Age 18 or older
  • Visit with a clinician that day
  • Patient at one of the 16 practices in the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to participate in a self-administered exit survey
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00245323

United States, Virginia
Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Network (ACORN)
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298-0251
Sponsors and Collaborators
Virginia Commonwealth University
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Principal Investigator: Stephen F. Rothemich, MD, MS Virginia Commonwealth University
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00245323     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 036798
RWJF #036798
RWJF #043145
Study First Received: October 25, 2005
Last Updated: October 25, 2005

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