Dr. Brull Receives National Recognition for Tobacco Cessation Project

July 1, 2011 | News | By: Jennifer Brull | Tags:

Prairie Star Family Practice has been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for successfully completing a Tobacco Cessation Office Champions pilot project. During the year-long project, the practice implemented a series of system changes to integrate tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines and create a culture that encourages patients to quit smoking.

The U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline calls on clinicians to change the culture and practice patterns in their offices to ensure that every patient who uses tobacco is identified, advised to quit, and offered evidence-based treatments.

The AAFP’s pilot project trained “Office Champions” to lead improvements in clinical and operational systems. Dr. Jen Brull took on the role of Office Champion for PSFP and made a series of changes to ensure that patients who use tobacco are offered the opportunity and resources they need to quit.

“The changes Prairie Star Family Practice made during this project could impact their patients for years to come,” said Tom Houston, M.D., Chair of the AAFP’s Tobacco Cessation Advisory Committee.

PSFP was one of only 50 family medicine offices across the United States selected to participate in the Office Champions pilot project. The results of the project, which is supported by a grant from Pfizer Inc, will be disseminated to family medicine practices nationwide.

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