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Volume 3: No. 3, July 2006

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Tobacco Cessation Interventions in Dental Networks: A Practice-based Evaluation of the Impact of Education on Provider Knowledge, Referrals, and Pharmacotherapy Use

Month and Year

No. of Patients Referred

No. of Patients Enrolled

Nov 01

1

0

Dec 01

1

0

Jan 02

2

0

Feb 02

5

2

Mar 02

8

1

Apr 02

7

0

May 02

8

2

Jun 02

9

2

Jul 02

5

3

Aug 02

6

2

Sep 02

5

1

Oct 02

5

1

Nov 02

5

2

Dec 02

4

0

Jan 03

6

0

Feb 03

8

2

Mar 03

2

0

Apr 03

1

0

May 03

3

0

Figure 1. Number of HealthPartners Dental Group members within the four intervention clinics referred by dental staff and enrolled in the HealthPartners tobacco cessation telephone course from November 2001 to June 2003 as measured by telephone helpline data. Dental staff training was held in November 2001.

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Month and Year

HPDG Pilot Clinics

HPDG Control Clinics

Nov 01

1

0

Dec 01

3

0

Jan 02

1

2

Feb 02

1

2

Mar 02

5

1

Apr 02

13

1

May 02

6

1

Jun 02

8

3

Jul 02

8

0

Aug 02

5

1

Sep 02

3

0

Oct 02

8

0

Nov 02

3

0

Dec 02

8

0

Jan 03

11

0

Feb 03

5

0

Mar 03

2

0

Apr 03

0

0

May 03

1

0

Jun 03

4

0

Figure 2. Number of dental patients at the four HealthPartners Dental Group (HPDG) pilot clinics and 12 nonpilot clinics (control group) with a prescription written and filled for nicotine replacement therapy or bupropion from November 2001 to June 2003, as measured by pharmacy data. Dental staff training was held in November 2001.

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