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Adults with behavioral health conditions represent 25% of the U.S. population but account for 40% of all cigarettes smoked in the U.S. Inpatient psychiatric hospitals have been making strides in quickly identifying tobacco users at the point of admission and providing treatment to support recovery from tobacco use. But this momentum is not continuing through the point of discharge planning to ongoing recovery self-management for our clients. NRI is continuing a commitment to help psychiatric facilities to become more effective in engaging clients in tobacco use change.

Clinical Action

While there are some noted best-practices, there are expressed barriers to effective implementation. A set of performance measures have been developed and are currently used by inpatient psychiatric settings that focus on the delivery of counseling and the referral of patients to appropriate aftercare. These measures serve as a backdrop to NRI’s compilation and repackaging of resources that focus on clinical knowledge and interventions to move inpatient counseling and referral outcome measures forward. Learn more.

Change Management

To enable changes at the clinical level, systems need to address barriers that they create and those perceived by their staff. Clinical and administrative staff must come together to effect system change. Continuing tobacco cessation recovery for psychiatric patients requires careful review through the point of discharge planning. Resources for system change and key insights from psychiatric facilities that have made successful improvements in their delivery of effective care and referral may provide guidance for small to large quality improvement activities. Learn more.


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