Status: This project is in progress

AHRQ pharmacy smoking cessation program 2.0Ontario’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:

Primary knowledge user: Zahava Rosenberg-Yunger, Director of Health Policy and Research, Ontario Pharmacists Association

Project lead: Suzanne Cadarette
Project coordinator: Lindsay Wong

For more information about this applied health research question, please contact Annie Lok, AHRQ administrator.