Status: This project is in progress
Ontario’s Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Program was launched on September 1, 2011 and provides reimbursement to community pharmacists for supporting patients in their efforts to quit smoking.
An earlier applied health research question that OPEN researchers conducted described the characteristics of patients receiving and pharmacies offering smoking cessation services over the first two years of this program. This study provided a snapshot of service provision and identified areas for improvement, such as the number of pharmacies participating, the use of follow-up services and the reporting of quit status.
With two more years of data available, researchers can now explore repeat service use, adherence to pharmacotherapy and regional differences in program uptake.
The project’s main objectives are as follows:
- To compare the characteristics of patients who participated in the first two years of the pharmacy smoking cessation program to that of those participating in its second two years
- To describe follow-up services among recipients of pharmacy smoking cessation services
- To compare pharmacy smoking cessation service delivery between provincial regions defined by Local Health Integration Network
Primary knowledge user: Zahava Rosenberg-Yunger, Director of Health Policy and Research, Ontario Pharmacists Association
For more information about this applied health research question, please contact Annie Lok, AHRQ administrator.