ASHES, Vol. 16(6) – Tobacco use screening and treatment among psychiatric patients: What factors influence who gets screened during outpatient visits?

Today’s review is part of our month-long Special Series on Race and Addiction. During this Special Series, The BASIS addresses addiction-related discrimination, social determinants of health, health equity, and race.

Clinical practice guidelines require doctors to screen patients for tobacco use during each visit and to provide patients with evidence-based treatments for their tobacco use if needed. This is especially crucial for Black patients, who are disproportionately likely to develop lung cancer or die from smoking, compared to White patients, as well as people with mental health disorders, who are at greater risk for developing tobacco addiction and may turn to tobacco as a coping mechanism. This week, ASHES reviews a study by Erin Rogers and Christina Wysota that documented racial disparities in physician screening for tobacco use.

What was the research question?
How often are outpatients with a psychiatric disorder screened and treated for tobacco use, and do these rates differ based on the patient’s race or ethnicity, primary reason for treatment, and other characteristics?

Read this week’s review here.