Quitline services for smokers with mental illness

Erin S. Rogers, Scott Sherman

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Introduction: State smoking-cessation telephone Quitlines have become an integral part of the United States' public health strategy for helping smokers quit. It is unclear whether these Quitlines meet the needs of smokers with a mental illness, who have unique challenges during the quitting process and may benefit from more intensive treatment. We conducted a needs assessment survey of U.S. state Quitlines (N = 51, including Washington, D.C.) to learn how they work with mentally ill callers. Methods: Quitline representatives were asked whether they have or perform six services chosen to represent basic elements of treatment access, process, and structure for mentally ill smokers. Results: We had a 96 percent response rate to our inquiries. All surveyed Quitlines accept calls from mentally ill smokers, and all either train their counselors in mental health or their counselors have past mental health training. In addition, all Quitlines encourage mentally ill callers to discuss quitting with their usual care provider for safety reasons. However, only eight surveyed Quitlines screen callers for mental illness, nine use specific counseling protocols for mentally ill callers, and only three have self-help materials tailored for the mentally ill. Discussion: Future studies are needed to identify the most effective approaches to providing telephonebased care for smokers with mental illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

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Mentally Ill Persons
Mental Health
Needs Assessment
Smoking Cessation
Telephone
Counseling
Public Health
Safety
Therapeutics

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy

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Quitline services for smokers with mental illness. / Rogers, Erin S.; Sherman, Scott.

In: International Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 40, No. 1, 01.04.2011, p. 85-91.

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