Response to a Mobile Health Decision-Support System for Screening and Management of Tobacco Use

Kenrick Cato

Sookyung Hyun

Suzanne Bakken

nursing informatics, quantitative nursing research, care of the medically underserved, prevention and detection, ambulatory care/office nursing
ONF 2014, 41(2), 145-152. DOI: 10.1188/14.ONF.145-152

Purpose/Objectives: To describe the predictors of nurse actions in response to a mobile health decision-support system (mHealth DSS) for guideline-based screening and management of tobacco use.

Design: Observational design focused on an experimental arm of a randomized, controlled trial.

Setting: Acute and ambulatory care settings in the New York City metropolitan area.

Sample: 14,115 patient encounters in which 185 RNs enrolled in advanced practice nurse (APN) training were prompted by an mHealth DSS to screen for tobacco use and select guideline-based treatment recommendations.

Methods: Data were entered and stored during nurse documentation in the mHealth DSS and subsequently stored in the study database where they were retrieved for analysis using descriptive statistics and logistic regressions.

Main Research Variables: Predictor variables included patient gender, patient race or ethnicity, patient payer source, APN specialty, and predominant payer source in clinical site. Dependent variables included the number of patient encounters in which the nurse screened for tobacco use, provided smoking cessation teaching and counseling, or referred patients for smoking cessation for patients who indicated a willingness to quit.

Findings: Screening was more likely to occur in encounters where patients were female, African American, and received care from a nurse in the adult nurse practitioner specialty or in a clinical site in which the predominant payer source was Medicare, Medicaid, or State Children's Health Insurance Program. In encounters where the patient payer source was other, nurses were less likely to provide tobacco cessation teaching and counseling.

Conclusions: mHealth DSS has the potential to affect nurse provision of guideline-based care. However, patient, nurse, and setting factors influence nurse actions in response to an mHealth DSS for tobacco cessation.

Implications for Nursing: The combination of a reminder to screen and integration of guideline-based recommendations into the mHealth DSS may reduce racial or ethnic disparities to screening, as well as clinician barriers related to time, training, and familiarity with resources.

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