Tobacco-Focused Patient Navigation to Address Barriers to Utilization of Community-Based Smoking Cessation Services in Primary Care


Patient navigators have been shown to assist people seeking cancer screening and other medical services. The purpose of this study is to see whether a patient navigator can link smokers to available community resources shown to help smokers quit smoking.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Retrospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: April 2021


  • Behavioral: Patient Navigator
    • The pt navigator will phone (email, text, or other preferred method of contact) pts prior to the date of previously set individual goals (e.g. going to an appt, getting their cessation medications filled, etc) as a reminder & to discuss barriers such as finances, transportation or ambivalent motivation. In this manner, pts receive navigation services tailored to their individual needs & barriers. Once pts are connected with a cessation service (defined as either using cessation medication or at least 1 contact with a Quitline or community-based cessation counselor)or provider-prescribed cessation medication usage, continues the navigation intervention will be considered complete. W/I the 3 month engagement period, pts will receive up to 6 contacts from the Pt Navigator following referral from primary care provider. Consistent with recommended pt navigation practice, the navigator will provide feedback to primary care provider regarding cessation services that the pts are receiving.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • minority smokers
    • A single arm ABA design will be used to pilot a tobacco-focused patient navigation (TPN) intervention for low income, minority smokers.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • patient navigation (TPN) feasibility
    • Time Frame: 1 year
    • To evaluate the study’s potential in terms of its reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance (RE-AIM) of the intervention, tobacco-dependent patients will be asked to complete an intake interview and a telephone follow-up interview (at 3 to 6 months post-intervention).

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Age ≥ 18 years
  • Self-reported current daily smoker, as verified with a portable alveolar carbon monoxide (CO) analyzer (24 hour point prevalence); CO levels ≥ 8 ppm.
  • English and/or Spanish-speaking
  • Referred to the navigation program by their primary care clinician
  • At baseline, participants report at least thinking about quitting (i.e., Contemplation or Preparation stages of readiness to quit).

Exclusion Criteria

  • Serious, untreated psychiatric illness (e.g., schizophrenia,) or active substance abuse likely to preclude adherence to the protocol

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Collaborator
    • Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Jamie Ostroff, PhD, Principal Investigator, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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