University of Ottawa Heart Institute

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

January 20, 2014 08:00 ET

National Non-Smoking Week: Ottawa Heart Institute Smoking Cessation Model Reaches 120,000 Smokers Across Canada, Shows Great Success in Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 20, 2014) - The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC), created and powered by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), has reached an impressive 120,000 smokers across Canada since 2006. Ontario is among the provinces that have successfully implemented the program, including through Trillium Health Partners.

In 2002, the Ottawa Heart Institute smoking cessation experts developed the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation - an institutional program that systematically identifies, provides treatment, and offers follow-up to patients who smoke. Implementation of the OMSC led to an absolute 15% increase in long-term quit rates at the Institute (from 29% to 44% at 6 months) and an 11% increase in more general hospital populations (from 18% to 29% at 6 months). In 2006, UOHI began to assist other inpatient, outpatient and primary care settings to implement the OMSC. Today, healthcare settings in 9 provinces across Canada have implemented the OMSC.

"The success behind the Ottawa Model for Smoking cessation is truly found in the determined teams across Canada that are providing personalized support to smokers who are trying to quit," said Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. "With over 180 sites in Canada, and by continuing to work closely together, we hope to keep supporting more smokers in the years to come."

"Implementing the Ottawa Model at our hospital has fundamentally altered our relationship with patients who smoke." says Dr. Anil Gupta, Staff Cardiologist, Innovation Lead of the Cardiac Program, Medical Director of CCU, and Physician Lead of Smoking Cessation at Trillium Health Partners. "We now have tools, a system, and a real team approach to more effectively support smokers while they are admitted to hospital. All staff are engaged in some way to help patients who may be dealing with nicotine withdrawal and who may be ready to quit smoking for good. Importantly, our program has contributed to a significant decrease of smokers in our community."

The OMSC team is comprised of tobacco treatment specialists, outreach facilitators, knowledge transfer coordinators, data analysts and evaluation specialists. As a team, they work towards improving institutional policies, systems, and practices to ensure the systematic identification, treatment, and follow-up of tobacco users in the healthcare organizations with whom they work.

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