Current cessation work includes evaluations of various quit smoking initiatives in a variety of settings including the workplace and health care settings, a study of effectiveness and cost effectiveness of cessation services, an examination of the use of the existing cessation system in Ontario, an assessment of current government incentives and regulatory policies related to health insurance coverage for cessation treatment, work to better capture tobacco related information in electronic health records, and creation of a smokers’ panel that will provide a platform for studies on cessation pathways, factors related to relapse, and intervention outcomes.
Current Cessation Projects
Current State and Perspectives on Health Insurance Coverage of Smoking Cessation Treatment in Ontario
Focus Area: Health Insurance, Regulatory Policies
Assessment of current government incentives and regulatory policies that affect insurer decisions about coverage of cessation interventions in health benefit packages.
Focus Areas: Data Standards, Electronic Health Record
Development of standards for data collection and reporting:
- Project 1: a standardized minimal dataset of tobacco-related elements (with definitions) that can be used in a variety of health settings and incorporated into an electronic health record;
- Project 2: a larger standardized set of variables to be used by providers of cessation services at intake and follow-up.
Developmental Evaluation of Workplace Cessation Initiative
Focus Areas: Evaluation, Workplace
A developmental evaluation of workplace cessation initiatives in a number of selected demonstration sites to investigate smoking behaviour change and the influence of the setting, social and organizational contexts on outcomes.
Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of Cessation Services
Focus Areas: Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness, Health Care Providers
An effectiveness and cost effectiveness analysis of smoking cessation interventions delivered in different health care settings by various health care providers.
Evaluation of Demonstration Projects Designed to Support Smoking Cessation During and After Pregnancy
Focus Areas: Pregnancy, Postpartum
An evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of three demonstration projects to support smoking cessation during and after pregnancy.
Exploring Opportunities and Challenges for Developing a New Coordinated Smoking Cessation System in Ontario
Focus Areas: Cessation Program/Service Use
Exploration of the experience of tobacco users with existing cessation services/programs and identification of opportunities for strengthening linkages across these services/programs.
Formative Evaluation of STOP with Family Health Teams and STOP with Community Health Centres
Focus Areas: Evaluation, Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Health Care Providers
A formative evaluation of the STOP with Family Health Teams (FHTs) and STOP with Community Health Centres (CHCs) programs, designed to enhance support to smokers by providing access to free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation counselling through Family Health Teams and Community Health Centres.
Physical Exercise for Smoking Cessation: Evaluation of the Quit and Get Fit Program
Focus Areas: Physical Activity
An evaluation of the Quit & Get Fit program to assist smokers in quitting by offering an exercise program and behavioural smoking cessation support.
RNAO Provincial Nursing Best Practice Smoking Cessation Initiative Assessment
Focus Area: Best Practices, Nurses, Ontario
An examination of how the RNAO smoking cessation initiative builds capacity for smoking cessation and affects treatment of tobacco dependence under a variety of contexts.
Focus Areas: Data Platform Development
Development of an Ontario-based smokers’ panel of current tobacco users and those who are trying to quit. The Panel will form a platform for a series of innovative quantitative and qualitative studies to better understand areas such as long-term relapse, smoking cessation pathways and outcomes with planned interventions. Plans are underway to use this platform for studies in prevention and protection as well.