Center for Addiction Medicine

Publication Alert: Trial Assessing Provider Education and Community Health Worker Support for Tobacco Cessation

Psychiatric Services recently published results from CAM Director Dr. Eden Evins’s randomized clinical trial, finding that provider education (PE) and community health worker (CHW) support increased tobacco abstinence rates among adults with serious mental illness.

The analysis found that community health workers, acting as community-based supports for people with serious mental illness and their physicians, doubled tobacco abstinence by tripling use of varenicline. They also had an effect on abstinence independent of medication, probably by impacting adverse social determinants of health. No effect of provider education alone on abstinence was detected.

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