University of Ottawa Heart Institute

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

January 20, 2014 10:15 ET

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

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 showing impressive results in Nova Scotia through the IWK and Capital Health' Stop Smoking Support Program.

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 OMSC has provided a framework that allows front line hospital staff to emphasize the importance of smoking cessation to their patients and also provide support, when the patient may not have any. Capital Health and the IWK strive to be leaders in Health Care and recognize that the program is Best Practice, and enables them to strengthen their Tobacco Reduction policy to build compliance. The Stop Smoking Support Program, adapted from the OMSC, helps to increase quality of life to the people we care for and decreases the financial burden tobacco places on the province. This is why we are expanding to more units and reaching more patients," said Amy L Urquhart, Case Management Coordinator for the Stop Smoking Support Program.

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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