Developing and testing new smoking measures for the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set

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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

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Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Counseling; Female; Focus Groups; Guideline Adherence; Health Benefit Plans, Employee; Health Care Surveys; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Education as Topic; Program Evaluation; *Quality Indicators, Health Care; Reproducibility of Results; Tobacco Use Cessation; United States


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OBJECTIVE: To develop and test items for the Health Plan Employee Data and Information Set (HEDIS) that assess delivery of the full range of provider-delivered tobacco interventions.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors identified potential items via literature review; items were reviewed by national experts. Face validity of candidate items was tested in focus groups. The final survey was sent to a random sample of 1711 adult primary care patients; the re-test survey was sent to self-identified smokers.

RESULTS: The process identified reliable items to capture provider assessment of motivation and provision of assistance and follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS: One can reliably assess patient self-report of provider delivery of the full range of brief tobacco interventions. Such assessment and feedback to health plans and providers may increase use of evidence-based brief interventions.

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Med Care. 2003 Apr;41(4):550-9. Link to article on publisher's site

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Medical care

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