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Concept: Smoking Cessation Prescriptions

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Last Updated: 2014-10-27


    This concept contains information on smoking cessation prescriptions, including the methods used at MCHP to identify smoking cessation prescriptions in administrative data and links to specific MCHP research where smoking cessation prescription rates are reported.

Defining Smokers and Smoking Cessation Prescriptions

    In Katz et al. (2014), they used the following methods to define and identify smokers and smoking cessation medications:

    • smokers were identified using the variable patient_smoker = 1 (yes) from the Physician Integrated Network (PIN) data.

    • patients aged 18+ who received a prescription for smoking cessation drugs (e.g.: bupropion and varenicline) at least once in time period. Smoking cessation drugs are defined by the following drug identification numbers:
      '02237823', '02237824', '02237825', '02238441', '02260239', '02275074', '02275082', '02275090', '02275104', '02285657', '02285665', '02291177', '02291185', '02298309', '02313421', '02325357', '02325373', '02331616', '02363399', '02363402', '02391562', '02391570'
    • exclude patients who use bupropion for the treatment of depression - therefore patients who have a previous diagnosis of mood/anxiety disorder (up to 5 years prior) will be excluded.

Smoking Cessation Prescription in MCHP Research

    The following list identifies MCHP research that has investigated smoking cessation prescriptions:

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  • Katz A, Chateau D, Bogdanovic B, Taylor C, McGowan K-L, Rajotte L, Dziadek J. Physician Integrated Network: A Second Look. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2014. [Report] [Summary] [Updates and Errata] (View)

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