University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications


Patient navigation to promote smoking cessation among low-income primary care patients: a pilot randomized controlled trial

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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

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Adult; Feasibility Studies; Female; Follow-Up Studies; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Patient Navigation; Pilot Projects; Poverty; Primary Health Care; Smoking Cessation; Treatment Outcome


Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Administration | Preventive Medicine | Primary Care | Substance Abuse and Addiction


We conducted a pilot randomized controlled trial to determine the feasibility and acceptability of a patient navigation intervention. Forty-seven smokers from one safety-net hospital were randomized to either a control group, in which they received a smoking cessation brochure and a list of smoking cessation resources, or a navigation group, in which they received the smoking cessation brochure, a list of smoking cessation resources, and patient navigation. Follow-up data were obtained for 33 participants. Nine (47.4%) of 19 of navigation group participants had engaged in smoking cessation treatment by 3 months versus 6 (42.9%) of 14 control group participants (chi-square p = ns). Patient navigation to promote engagement in smoking cessation treatment was feasible and acceptable to participants.

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J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2013;12(4):374-90. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2013.819311. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse

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