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Connect to Quit: Coordinated Care for Smoking Cessation Among Low Income Veterans

18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Smoking, Smoking Cessation

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Trial Information

Connect to Quit: Coordinated Care for Smoking Cessation Among Low Income Veterans

Approximately 40 Primary Care Providers (PCPs), including non-physicians, in the VAPHS and
their patients will be recruited and randomized to either Connect to Quit (CTQ) or Usual
Care (UC), existing VHA services. After PCPs are enrolled, we will begin recruiting their
patients who meet eligibility criteria. The desire to quit smoking is not required for
participation in the study, as the point of CTQ is to engage smokers at every level of
readiness to quit. Target enrollment is 660 participants, approximately 330 in each
treatment arm. Participants will be followed for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4.
Investigators will measure abstinence (biochemically-validated, 30 day point-prevalence)
throughout the study, assessed every 6 months.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Male or female 18 years or older

- Veterans seen by a primary care physician within the VAPHS

- Household income not more than $36,000 annually

- Smoke at least 1 cigarette per day

Exclusion Criteria:

- Smokeless tobacco (snuff or chew) users

- Non-cigarette (e.g., pipe) smokers

- Non-English speaking patients

- Can not be enrolled in another smoking cessation related clinical trial at the time
of enrollment

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Effectiveness of CTQ vs UC

Outcome Description:

We will measure abstinence of CTQ smokers vs those in UC. We will biochemically-validate self reported abstinence (30 day point-prevalence) at the end of 2 years.

Outcome Time Frame:

Two (2) year period

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Hilary A. Tindle, MD, MPH

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Pittsburgh


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

March 2011

Completion Date:

April 2015

Related Keywords:

  • Smoking
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Smoking, Tobacco
  • Tobacco Smoking
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Tobacco Dependence
  • Smoking



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