Michael J. Roy, MD, MPH
Roy M.; VA in the Vanguard: Building on Success in Smoking Cessation. Ann Intern Med. 2006;145:476. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-145-6-200609190-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(6):476.
Isaacs SL, Schroeder SA, Simon JA., eds. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; 2005. Available at http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/AboutSCLC_vanguard.html.
Fields of medicine: Primary care and mental health.
Format: Softcover book.
Audience: Veterans Affairs (VA) health care professionals and all other clinicians.
Purpose: To review the smoking cessation efforts of the VA and other evidence to clarify the best practices to implement.
Content: Unlike many conference proceedings texts, this book is generally coherent. It conveys a clear message and avoids repetition. The authors deserve credit for the success of the book: They invited national experts to write papers and distributed the papers to conferees before the meeting, creating a basis for the discussion and commentaries that are appended to the original papers in the book. The resulting sections address the history of smoking cessation policy within the VA, evidence-based best practices for smoking cessation, smoking cessation in minorities, smoking cessation in post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental disorders, the utility of quitlines, and the next steps.
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