University of Ottawa Heart Institute

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

January 20, 2014 08:22 ET

National Non-Smoking Week: Ottawa Heart Institute Smoking Cessation Model Reaches 120,000 Smokers Across Canada, to be Implemented in Montreal

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, and is currently being implemented in Montréal, through the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), in 3 hospital sites and the CSSS de La Montagne.

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"

"The strength of the Ottawa Model is not only based on the scientific evidence of its efficiency, or on the fact that it has developed all implementation steps with clear objectives and the necessary tools. It is also a personalized support program, helping to guide each of the implementation steps. The expertise and the availability of the Ottawa Model team are undoubtedly some of the many key elements behind their success," said Michel Lebel, coordinator for the implementation of the IMPACTMC Program at MUHC, based on the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation.

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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