Mercy Health Participates in Smoking Cessation Study

Maguire, Kim
Kim Maguire, MBA, CNO and VP of Patient Care Services

Results published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

In 2010, Kimberly Maguire, MBA, CNO and VP of Patient Care Services partnered with the University of Michigan to complete a study to determine if health education as an intervention for smoking cessation is a worthwhile endeavor.

Five community hospitals participated in the study, which was conducted between 2010 and 2013. Mercy Campus was chosen as the intervention site and Hackley Campus was chosen as the control site. Maguire was named the principle investigator for this study. Cindy Wilkerson, BSN, RN, currently working in Mercy’s Heart and Vascular department, was hired as the research assistant for the study.

Wilkerson worked with the education department to train nurses on how to educate patients regarding smoking cessation. The University of Michigan provided all of the training materials for the nurses and cessation materials for the patients. The data was analyzed in 2014-2015.

The conclusion: “Tobacco Tactics interventions, which currently meets The Joint Commission standards, has the potential to significantly decrease smoking among inpatient smokers.” The results are printed In the American Journal of Preventative Medicine with the title, “Effectiveness of the Tobacco Tactics Program in the Trinity Health System 2016.”

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