A pilot study of Counsel to Quit®: Evaluating an Ask Advise Refer (AAR)-based tobacco cessation training for medical and mental healthcare providers.


University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, 5841 S. Maryland Ave (MC-3077), Chicago, IL 60637, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Despite tobacco use as the largest preventable cause of premature death in the US, many healthcare providers continue to lack the knowledge and confidence in employing the Ask, Advise, Refer (AAR) model in tobacco cessation treatment delivery. This pilot study evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of a novel AAR-styled training program, Counsel to Quit®, across a range of healthcare providers and disciplines (i.e., medical, mental health, other). The Counsel to Quit® training program primarily targeted publically-funded settings that serve communities with high smoking rates.


Ask Advise Refer,Electronic-cigarettes,Medical providers,Mental health providers,Tobacco cessation counseling,