Call to Quit
Call to Quit: Effects of Motivational Interviewing Counseling on Utilization of a Quitline among Smokers in Primary Care
Janice Taramelli, MS and Barrett Sewali, MBChB
Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of smoking cessation telephone helplines, these programs generally reach less than 5% of smokers. The study’s primary aim was to determine if a 3-session phone based MI intervention versus only written materials was successful at encouraging initially unmotivated adult smokers to utilize the Minnesota quitlines. The majority of smokers, whether motivated to quit smoking or not, visit their primary care provider each year. Researchers proposed that engaging smokers in the primary care setting has a high potential to increase the reach and use of Minnesota’s quitlines.