CAMH’s Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program has received a leading practice award by Canada Health Infoway, in partnership with Accreditation Canada, for enhancing clinical practice and patient-centred care for smoking cessation through the use of digital health in clinical practice.
CAMH receives Leading Practice Award from Canada Health Infoway March 4 . L to R, Leslee Thompson, President and CEO, Accreditation Canada, Sarwar Hussain, Manager, Nictoine Dependence Service, Carolyn Peters, Research Coordinator, STOP Program and Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway
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Sarwar Hussain, Manager, Nicotine Dependence Service, says the STOP program was recognized for creating new models of care for providing smoking cessation treatment, and empowering patients through:
- The STOP Portal, a web-based application designed to present clinicians with tasks and instruments to support smoking cessation counseling and on-site dispensing of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) in a sequence that is pragmatic and integrated into clinical workflow.
- The STOP website, used to engage patients directly and facilitate self-management; individuals wishing to quit smoking can self-enroll into the program using the website and receive a personalized prescription by e-mail for one of two medications for smoking cessation offered by the program free of cost.
Peter Selby, Director of Medical Education at CAMH says this award recognizes that STOP is improving outcomes. "We developed an innovative platform currently adopted in 393 sites across Ontario with over 40,000 patients treated using an evidence based care pathway for tobacco addiction. Most importantly we have enabled a variety of health care providers in teams to practice to their full scope with a built in data informed quality improvement process. This program creates a model for integrated research, education and clinical care in real world settings.”