Approximately 90% of Ontario residents visit a primary care clinic each year,
and primary care is the first point of contact most people have with the healthcare system.
Despite the many known health risks associated with smoking, clinicians have not been intervening with smokers at optimal rates. Statistics show that, historically, healthcare professionals have been better at asking and advising (40%-57%) than at intervening (less than 20%) with patients about smoking. Time constraints, the complexity of the intervention, and lack of practice supports in primary care settings were commonly cited reasons for this trend.
The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in Primary Care addresses this particular gap in health services.
Its easy-to-use practice tools, adaptability, and emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration permit even busy, fast-paced primary care clinics to adopt the program without any noticeable impact on daily flow. With the help of the right tools and simple, systematic changes in the way clinicians interact with smokers, more patients can be helped to quit smoking and the overall health of communities can be improved.
BECOME AN OMSC IN PRIMARY CARE PARTNER SITE
Is your primary care clinic interested in implementing a systematic approach of identifying and intervening with smokers?
CALL FOR PARTNER FAMILY HEALTH TEAMS AND OTHER PRIMARY CARE TEAMS
We are currently accepting application submissions from primary care sites including Community Health Centres and Family Health Teams.
If you would like to express your interest in the program, please complete the online application form using the links below: