The 5 A's Intervention was developed by the U.S. Public Health Service and is a best-practice guideline supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Cancer Institute. TIPS will provide free training at your practice, and just for participating, you can receive 2.5 CME credits. The intervention is designed to take about 5-15 minutes and should be implemented with EVERY patient who is smoking or who has recently quit. Also, remember you should provide information about the dangers of secondhand smoke to anyone who is being exposed. The 5 A's are:
ASK about current smoking status
ADVISE to quit and provide information on how beneficial quitting is
ASSESS willingness to quit
ASSIST with finding resources and making a plan to quit
ARRANGE for follow-ups to help the patient follow through and QUIT for good!
Below are additional resources for use with your patients:
Articles for Providers: