During 1997 and 1998, the National Medical Association engaged African-American clinicians in training other clinicians to follow a clinical practice guideline on smoking cessation and in disseminating and implementing the guideline, Smoking Cessation, Clinical Practice Guideline, No. 18.
Published by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now called the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) in 1996, the Guideline includes a systematic and scientifically proven approach for encouraging smokers to quit.
The National Medical Association, established in 1895, represents the nation's 22,000 African-American physicians and health care professionals. This project was part of its tobacco control program.
Under this grant, staff from the National Medical Association: