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Oral Health and Smoking Cessation QIP

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Due to the strong links between smoking and oral health disease, the Smoking Cessation Quality Improvement Payment (QIP) 2016/17 now includes Metro South Oral Health patients. The Oral Health Smoking Cessation QIP encourages dental practitioner 'one on one' engagement with patients through the provision of care and education to improve smoking history screening and brief interventions in smoking cessation.

Using the Qld Health Smoking Cessation Clinical Pathway, patients accessing Metro South Oral Health services will be interviewed by any oral health multidisciplinary team member, i.e. dentist, oral health therapist, dental therapist, prosthetist or dental assistant, regarding their smoking status and nicotine dependence. Current smokers will be advised to quit and provided with a brief intervention that addresses the risk of tobacco smoking and benefits of quitting. Using the Wellness Care Plan - Smoking Cessation Guideline staff will encourage smokers to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and access the Quitline to support their quit attempt.

Outcomes include:

  • Increased staff confidence and ability to undertake smoking cessation brief interventions through the adaption of MSOH resource "Wellness Care Plan - Smoking Cessation Guideline"
  • Updating of data collection systems (Information System Oral Health - ISOH) to record and identify smoking status
  • Embedded processes to record the smoking status of all oral health patients
  • Embedded processes for clinicians to undertake smoking cessation brief interventions
  • Increased number of smoking cessation brief interventions completed with patients in Metro South Oral Health
  • Increased number of referrals to Quitline, General Practitioners and Pharmacies (for Nicotine Replacement Therapy)
Aims & Goals: 

To identify the smoking status of oral health patients and support those who smoke to quit by providing a brief intervention and referral to Quitline

Evaluation/outcomes: 
The following outcomes have been achieved as at project close in June 2018. Metro South Oral Health Services now consistently identifies the smoking status for over 88% of oral health patients. This compares favourably to previous arrangements which meant that although smoking status was collected and recorded, data about a person's smoking status was not able to be reported. As at June 2018, around 73% of patients identified as smokers and were provided with interventions to support smoking cessation. Referrals to Quitline through Metro South Oral Health staff have also increased as a result of the project.
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Keywords: 
Oral Health, Smoking Cessation
Last updated 18 November 2019