Background: Lung cancer is the most preventable leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Smoking while receiving treatment for lung cancer can decrease the effectiveness of the treatment and may reduce quality of life. Although many smoking cessation proposals have focused on how to deliver various interventions, they have neglected the issue of how to sustain the interventions and integrate them into practice.
Objectives: The purpose of this article is to provide an effective way of educating healthcare professionals (HCPs) on smoking cessation interventions that meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2008 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
Methods: This article reviews strategies to integrate evidence from research on smoking cessation into practice in sustainable ways that target patients with lung cancer who smoke.
Findings: HCPs need evidence-based smoking cessation guidelines, along with interventions that will be effective with their specific smoking population. In addition, HCPs need to incorporate clinical practice guidelines for smoking cessation into their care of patients in ways that can be sustained and evaluated.