Program Cost-Effectiveness

A recent study by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) showed that:

  • 35% of the patients who received the OMSC were smoke-free at 6-months, compared to only 20% of the usual care participants;
  • Patients who received the OMSC were 50% less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital for any cause, and 30% less likely to visit an emergency department within 30 days;
  • Smokers who received the OMSC were 21% less likely to be re-hospitalized and 9% less likely to visit an emergency department over 2 years;
  • Most importantly, smoker who received the OMSC had a 40% reduction in risk of death over 2 years.

Strategies like the OMSC reduce subsequent healthcare use, but most importantly, can distinctly enhance the well-being of our patients who smoke.

Mullen KA, Manuel DG, Hawken SJ, et al. Tob Control Published Online First: 2016. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol- 2015-052728