Addressing tobacco in managed care: Documenting the challenges and potential for systems-level change

ArticleinNicotine & Tobacco Research 4 Suppl 1(1):S5-7 · February 2002with3 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.30 · DOI: 10.1080/14622200210128027 · Source: PubMed


    In summary, the pilot studies reported in these papers provide an important perspective on the efforts needed to enhance the capacity of managed care systems to integrate effective tobacco intervention into basic health-care delivery. There are no magic systems for MCOs any more than there are 'magic bullets' for smoking-cessation treatment. Moreover, findings reinforce the need for multicomponent system-level and policy interventions aimed at patients, providers, and the systems themselves. The commitment of researchers and managed care organizations to careful development and, ultimately, rigorous evaluation of promising system changes will help build a much-needed evidence base for translating research into practice.