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Computer-Based Stop Smoking Program in Assisting Doctors in Helping Adults Stop Smoking

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jennifer S. Haas, MD, MSPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 29, 2006
Last updated: May 28, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

RATIONALE: Computer-based stop smoking programs may assist doctors in helping patients stop smoking.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well a computer-based stop smoking program works in assisting doctors in helping adults stop smoking.

Condition Intervention
Tobacco Use Disorder
Behavioral: smoking cessation intervention
Other: counseling intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Computerized EMR-Assisted Smoking Cessation (CEASCE)

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Further study details as provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Estimated Enrollment: 4314
Study Start Date: April 2006
Study Completion Date: September 2007
Primary Completion Date: September 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Develop an electronic medical record (EMR)-based strategy, the Computerized EMR-Assisted Smoking Cessation Effort (CEASCE), for assisting physicians in treating tobacco use in adults who are currently smokers.
  • Assess the reach and effectiveness of CEASCE by conducting a randomized controlled trial in the Brigham and Women's Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network to determine its effectiveness in increasing the proportion of smokers who receive treatment.
  • Assess the adoption, implementation, and short-term maintenance of CEASCE by measuring the proportion and characteristics of providers who use CEASCE, the consistency with which providers use the components of CEASCE, and changes in the use of CEASCE over time.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, controlled, multicenter study. Clinics are stratified according to socioeconomic mix of patients and clinic type (community health center vs hospital based vs community-based). Clinics are randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.

  • Arm I (intervention): Primary care providers utilize the Computerized Electronic Medical Record (EMR)-Assisted Smoking Cessation Effort (CEASCE) decision support system comprising a 5-step algorithm (i.e., the "5 A's"). CEASCE provides reminders to primary care providers to document smoking status using the "5 A's" (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange). Primary care providers input information into the CEASCE, including asking the patient about their smoking status (Ask), the date they advised the patient to quit (Advise), an assessment of the patient's readiness to quit (Assess), and the action that was taken by the physician (Assist). When the primary care provider inputs information, CEASCE automatically presents actions that are tailored to the smoker's readiness to quit. Actions offered include setting a quit date, prescribing medications, referral to a smoking-cessation counselor, discussing barriers to quitting, counseling about the health risks of smoking, and an offer to help the smoker when she is ready to quit. CEASCE automatically prints educational materials and sends an e-mail to a smoking cessation counselor for patients who are agreeable to having a smoking cessation counselor contact them. The smoking cessation counselor makes 4 attempts to contact the patient by telephone within 30 days. If the patient is ready, the counselor facilitates enrollment into a smoking cessation program and documents the outcome of the referral. The referring primary care provider then receives an e-mail message regarding the outcome.

Primary care providers complete surveys after ≥ 6 months of experience with the intervention. Some patients participate in an exit interview immediately after their primary care visit.

  • Arm II (control): Patients receive current standard of care, including documentation of smoking status and contact from a smoking-cessation counselor only after receiving a referral.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 4,314 participants (primary care providers and patients) will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Primary care providers and their patients in the Brigham and Women's Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network
  • Patient is currently a smoker


  • Must speak English or Spanish
  • No significant cognitive impairment (e.g., dementia or active psychosis)


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00383461

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Haas, MD, MSPH Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Jennifer S. Haas, MD, MSPH, Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier: NCT00383461     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BWH-2004-P-001029/2
R21CA121906 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 29, 2006
Last Updated: May 28, 2013

Keywords provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:
tobacco use disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Tobacco Use Disorder
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 28, 2017