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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 287-290

Outcomes of integrating quitline methodology in tobacco cessation delivered through a model tobacco treatment clinic of a private sector hospital at Rajasthan, India

1 President, Rajasthan Cancer Foundation & Honorary Consultant, Tobacco Cessation; Department of Deaddiction, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Research Scholar, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
3 Senior Statistician, Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Senior Consultant, Departments of Gastroenterology and Deaddiction, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
5 Professor of Health Management, Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Rakesh Gupta
B-113, 10 B Scheme, Gopalpura Bypass, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Pin 302 018
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_151_21

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India despite progress in tobacco cessation delivery in government sector has lagged in private health sector. Adopting a two-fold approach of intensive intervention-based counseling with (or without) pharmacotherapy; and prescheduled proactive follow-ups over the subsequent year, this study reports 337 tobacco patients, each followed for a period of 1 year. It observed a quit rate (QR) of 40.9% for total abstinence at 1 year but with a drop of 15.9% when patients were followed up, up to 6 months (49.6%) versus 6–12 months (34.7%). The pharmacotherapy did not benefit to whom it was prescribed (196 [58.2%] patients; QR: 34.7%) versus the rest to who it was either not prescribed or was declined (141 [41.8%] patients; QR 49.6%). Countrywide tobacco cessation clinics (TCCs) may be established in private sector hospitals, and the component of quitline methodology of making proactive calls may be integrated to improve QR in India.

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