Smoke Screen: Oregon Providers and Smokers Unaffected by Plan Guidelines for Smoking Cessation

Evaluation of a statewide collaboration of managed health plans to address tobacco cessation

Between 1998 and 2004, researchers at the State of Oregon Department of Human Resources, Health Division, Portland, Ore., evaluated the results of efforts by the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Oregon to implement the Oregon Tobacco Cessation Guidelines in the 14 managed care health plans contracting with the Oregon Health Plan.

Key Findings

  • Researchers found no change over a two-year period in the percentage of health plan patients who reported being current smokers or in the percentage of smokers who received advice to quit from their health care providers.
  • Over the same period, high baseline levels of provider-reported asking about smoking and advising smokers to quit also remained the same.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project with a grant of $328,849 between September 1998 and June 2004.