Telephone-based smoking quitline can serve as a successful treatment option for Spanish-speaking patients
Researchers conducted a study examining the differences in smoking treatment between Spanish- and English-preferring primary care patients linked with evidence-based tobacco treatment using Ask-Advise-Connect (AAC). Researchers compared enrollment, engagement and smoking cessation outcomes.
Patients who received treatment in Spanish (vs. English) were twice as likely to be abstinent at six months. Receipt of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) increased abstinence for all patients.
Language was not a factor in predicting abstinence through the use of NRT. The authors assert that automated point-of-care approaches such as AAC have great potential to reach Spanish-preferring smokers, who seem to appreciate treatment by those who speak the concordant language.
The research was published in The Annals of Family Medicine.
More information: Bethany Shorey Fennell et al, Ask-Advise-Connect: Differential Enrollment and Smoking Cessation Outcomes BetweenPrimary Care Patients Who Received Quitline-delivered Treatment in Spanish versus English, The Annals of Family Medicine (2022). DOI: 10.1370/afm.2878