Publication Date

Spring 2022

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Veteran, Smoking Cessation, Telequit


The use of telehealth for smoking cessation has not been consistently applied and evaluated within the hospital admission process despite the supporting evidence. Likewise, telehealth interventions have not been evaluated in the context of the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework. This quasi-experimental quality improvement study of two groups seeks to fill this gap by investigating the effectiveness of integrating a Telequit smoking cessation protocol for homeless veterans into the hospital admission process. The findings are expected to support incorporating Telequit e-consults into the patient admission template within the federal healthcare inpatient residential program. Currently, the Telequit consult is not offered in the admission questionnaire, which may lead to missed opportunities of offering Telequit to incoming residential patients.
It is hypothesized that by incorporating the Telequit referral in the admission process, more veterans would be enrolled in the Telequit program. The null hypothesis is that it will not impact referral and engagement.


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