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      Predictors of Pharmacotherapy for Tobacco Use Among Veterans Admitted for COPD: The Role of Disparities and Tobacco Control Processes

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          <div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="d586358e171"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d586358e172">BACKGROUND</h5> <p id="d586358e174">Many smokers admitted for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not given smoking cessation medications at discharge. The reasons behind this are unclear, and may reflect an interplay of patient characteristics, health disparities, and the receipt of inpatient tobacco control processes. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="d586358e176"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d586358e177">OBJECTIVES</h5> <p id="d586358e179">We aimed to assess potential disparities in treatment for tobacco use following discharge for COPD, examined in the context of inpatient tobacco control processes. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="d586358e181"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d586358e182">PARTICIPANTS</h5> <p id="d586358e184">Smokers aged ≥ 40 years, admitted for treatment of a COPD exacerbation within the VA Veterans Integrated Service Network 20, identified using ICD-9 discharge codes and admission diagnoses from 2005–2012. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="d586358e186"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d586358e187">MAIN MEASURES</h5> <p id="d586358e189">The outcome was any tobacco cessation medication dispensed within 48 hours of discharge. We assessed potential predictors administratively up to 1 year prior to admission. We created the final logistic regression model using manual model building, clustered by site. Variables with <i>p</i> &lt; 0.2 in biviariate models were considered for inclusion in the final model. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="d586358e194"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d586358e195">RESULTS</h5> <p id="d586358e197">We identified 1511 subjects. 16.9 % were dispensed a medication at discharge. In the adjusted model, several predictors were associated with decreased odds of receiving medications: older age (OR per year older 0.96, 95 % CI 0.95–0.98), black race (OR 0.34, 95 % CI 0.12–0.97), higher comorbidity score (OR 0.89, 95 % CI 0.82–0.96), history of psychosis (OR 0.40, 95 % CI 0.31–0.52), hypertension (OR 0.75, 95 % CI 0.62–0.90), and treatment with steroids in the past year (OR 0.80, 95 % CI 0.70–0.90). Inpatient tobacco control processes were associated with increased odds of receiving medications: documented brief counseling at discharge (OR 3.08, 95 % CI 2.02–4.68) and receipt of smoking cessation medications while inpatient (OR 5.95, 95 % CI 3.19–11.10). </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="d586358e199"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d586358e200">CONCLUSIONS</h5> <p id="d586358e202">Few patients were treated with tobacco cessation medications at discharge. We found evidence for disparities in treatment, but also potentially beneficial effects of inpatient tobacco control measures. Further focus should be on using novel processes of care to improve provision of medications and decrease the observed disparities. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="d586358e204"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d586358e205">Electronic supplementary material</h5> <p id="d586358e207">The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s11606-016-3623-4) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users. </p> </div>

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                Journal of General Internal Medicine
                J GEN INTERN MED
                Springer Nature America, Inc
                June 2016
                February 22 2016
                June 2016
                : 31
                : 6
                : 623-629
                © 2016



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