Developing and testing new smoking measures for the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set

Med Care. 2003 Apr;41(4):550-9. doi: 10.1097/01.MLR.0000053233.38183.77.


Objective: To develop and test items for the Health Plan Employee Data and Information Set (HEDIS) that assess delivery of the full range of provider-delivered tobacco interventions.

Materials and methods: The authors identified potential items via literature review; items were reviewed by national experts. Face validity of candidate items was tested in focus groups. The final survey was sent to a random sample of 1711 adult primary care patients; the re-test survey was sent to self-identified smokers.

Results: The process identified reliable items to capture provider assessment of motivation and provision of assistance and follow-up.

Conclusions: One can reliably assess patient self-report of provider delivery of the full range of brief tobacco interventions. Such assessment and feedback to health plans and providers may increase use of evidence-based brief interventions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Counseling / standards
  • Counseling / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Guideline Adherence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Benefit Plans, Employee / standards*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic / standards
  • Patient Education as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Tobacco Use Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States