Ottawa Model delivery in primary care practice highlighted in Annals of Family Medicine

An article by Global Bridges grantee and University of Ottawa Heart Institute program director Sophia Papadakis, Ph.D, was recently published in the Annals of Family Medicine, highlighting the effectiveness of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in primary care practice.

The model is described as a multicomponent knowledge translation intervention and has been found to increase the rate at which primary care providers deliver smoking cessation interventions using the “3 A’s” model – ask, advise and act – and examine clinic-, provider- and patient-level determinants of “3 A’s” delivery.

J. Taylor Hays, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, submitted a letter in response to the article, sharing a global perspective:

“Tobacco use kills about 6 million people every year across our globe, and despite decades of concerted effort in tobacco control the epidemic continues apace. The only way we will see significant declines in tobacco caused disease and premature death is to provide effective treatment to smokers. Physicians and other clinicians are in the best position to provide this treatment. This paper by Papadakis et al shows the power of capacity building using a systematic approach to training clinicians and effecting systems changes in practices that support tobacco dependence treatment. The Ottawa Model is one that is scalable and replicable in many practice settings, including low resource settings in low and middle income countries. Health systems, hospitals, clinics and individual medical practices should take notice and implement this tested model as a first step in stemming the tide of tobacco inflicted death and disease.”

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