It should come as no surprise that smoking is dangerous, but with the prevalence of COVID-19 throughout the United States, the risks associated with smoking warrant additional, careful attention. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can negatively impact an individual’s respiratory system, presenting a heightened risk for smokers whose respiratory systems may already be compromised or unhealthy. In fact, studies have shown that smokers who are hospitalized with COVID-19 face up to 9x greater risk for disease-related complications than non-smokers.1
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our communities, finding unique and effective ways to keep your patients healthy is a priority. At PrescribeWellness, we like to talk about low-hanging fruit or prime opportunities for pharmacists to engage their patients for powerful outcomes. During this unprecedented time, community pharmacists are uniquely positioned to impart a positive impact through personalized smoking cessation initiatives. Here are three easy ways to get started:
- Patient Programs: Engage patients through customized coaching messages to support them in their efforts to quit smoking. Connect through text messages, emails, and calls to deliver impactful educational information or a friendly message of support.
- eCare Plans: Document and share patient progress through the PrescribeWellness eCare solution. By documenting personalized goals through eCare plans, pharmacists can set their patients up for success while leveraging the ability to better track patient encounters, accessible by the entire healthcare team.
- Campaigns: Identify high-impact patients through the PrescribeWellness software, and distribute a smoking cessation campaign to educate and engage. Let your patients know that you are standing by with resources and support to help them reach their goals for better health.
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1Heerfordt, C., & Heerfordt, I. M. (2020). Has there been an increased interest in smoking cessation during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic? A Google Trends study. Public health, 183, 6–7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2020.04.012