Adult smoking cessation advice/counseling

What It Means
The percentage of patients with heart failure who smoke and were given advice and/or counseling on how to stop smoking while they were in the hospital.

Why It Is Important
Clinical evidence shows that patients who receive even brief advice about quitting smoking are more likely to quit than those who receive no advice or counseling. Hospitalization can be an ideal time for a patient to stop smoking, and stopping smoking may promote the patient's recovery.

Numerator Definition
Patients with HF who receive smoking cessation advice or counseling during the hospital stay

Denominator Definition
Patients with HF that have a history of smoking cigarettes anytime during the year prior to hospital arrival

Denominator Excluded Populations

  • Patients less than 18 years of age
  • Patients transferred to another acute care hospital
  • Patients who expired
  • Patients who left against medical advice
  • Patients discharged to hospice

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