“CEASE: Changing Pediatric Office Systems Nationally to Address Parental Tobacco Use (CEASE Study)” will test practice implementation of the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) intervention, which aims to improve the quality of care in pediatric practice by training clinicians to systematically address tobacco use with families and reduce children’s secondhand smoke exposure.

The study team is particularly interested in recruiting members of the District of Columbia chapter because District of Columbia has one of the highest smoking rates in the nation – 20.8%, significantly higher than the national average of 18%. Because tobacco use is a common issue among District of Columbia residents, CEASE may be of interest to your practice and the families you treat.

A few brief details about the CEASE study:

  • Tests an intervention that systematically addresses parent smoking and child exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Practices are asked to incorporate a research assistant (hired and paid by the study team) into their office
  • Research assistant will conduct exit surveys with parents for 8 weeks at the beginning of the study period and 8 weeks at the end of the study period
  • Practices will participate in the study for a 2-year period’
  • Ready for practices to enroll in today!

Full study information, including a recruitment video can be found at: http://www.aap.org/richmondcenter/cease.html

Qualifying primary care practices will have:

  • At least 4 FTE pediatricians who see patients for clinical visits
  • An average patient flow of 50 families per day
  • An adult population smoking rate of at least 15%

For any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Klein or Ms. Katta.

Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH
Associate Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics

Elizabeth Katta, MPH
Research Assistant, CEASE Study