197426 Tobacco Treatment Game: Jack A. Lope tries to quit smoking at a Southwestern Hospital

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jane Bowes, PhD , New Mexico Medical Review Association, Albuquerque, NM
Eric F. Chrisp, MA , Division of Population and Prevention Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Debra Burke, BA, CTTS , Patient Education, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM
In 2007 a process evaluation was undertaken to better understand barriers faced by people attempting to quit smoking through a cessation program offered at a public hospital in the Southwest. The evaluation included observations, interviews of providers and patients, as well as archival research. The evaluation resulted in a diagram of services and barriers. To better present the complicated nature of the barriers and services, and to dramatize the experience of the patient, the diagram was transformed into an interactive board game.

The treatment program, based on Clinical Standard of Care, provides a one-on one training for those patients who are ready to quit. For those patients who have the hospital insurance plan for low income (UNMCares) or the NM state coverage insurance for low income (SCI), a one month supply of NRT and Zyban is available at no cost. Three follow-up phone calls check medications, offer support and relapse prevention.

Learning Objectives:
Identify more complex systems of barriers to service in their own institutions, Empathize with the situation of low income tobacco users who want to quit and Be better able to serve those tobacco users.

Keywords: Barriers to Care, Smoking Cessation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I hold a MA in applied anthropology and have 8 years of experience in tobacco control program evaluation. I was the head evaluator on the project which resulted in this abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.