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NYIT in the Media
Sep 25 2013

Blazey on Smoking Cessation in Medical Economics

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College of Osteopathic Medicine Assistant Professor William Blazey, D.O., tells Medical Economics that he uses the "5 A's Intervention" to help his patients stop smoking. The 5 A's include sking patients about tobacco use, advising them about quitting, assessing their interest in quitting, assisting them with a specific plan, and arranging follow up visits.

"We found that by making templates [for the intervention] on our EHR system, we can do a brief, focused clinical intervention," says Blazey. He notes that the system also ensures that doctors will raise the question at each visit. "Hopefully sooner or later, [the patient] will see the light and when they do, they'll come to you."