Patient navigators help patients access services in the health care system, and have been shown to be helpful in connecting people with cancer screening and other medical services. The purpose of this study is to train a patient navigator about tobacco cessation services so the navigator can link smokers to services in their communities designed to help them quit smoking.
Participants in this study will include smokers who have thought about quitting and were referred by their primary care physicians. Participants will first meet with a patient navigator for a 45-60-minute interview, during which time they will discuss the participant’s background, tobacco and alcohol use, readiness to quit, knowledge of quitting services, and potential barriers to quitting.
Participants will continue to work with the navigator to establish, identify, and address any barriers to tobacco cessation. Three months after the initial interview, participants will be asked about their progress in seeking tobacco cessation services and any changes in their smoking habits.