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JCAHO To Study Smoke-Free Hospital Campuses



The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) will begin a first-of-its kind study of smoke-free hospital campuses in June 2007. The project, funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will seek input from nearly all of America's hospitals.


By CP Editorial Staff   Health Care Facilities

The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) will begin a first-of-its kind study of smoke-free hospital campuses in June 2007. The project, funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will seek input from nearly all of America's hospitals.

Many studies have examined the development, adoption and effects of indoor smoke-free policies in health care settings, the JCAHO study represents the first systematic evaluation of the challenges to implementing, or the impact of transitioning to, a smoke-free hospital campus. The study recognizes a new trend emerging on hospital campuses in which smoking is prohibited outdoors, at entrance ways, on grounds and in parking areas.

The electronic survey will be distributed to more than 4,200 JCAHO-accredited hospitals in the United States. The survey will explore hospital smoking policies, gathering data on the experiences of hospitals that have successfully implemented smoke-free campus policies, as well as the experiences and perceptions of hospitals that have not yet adopted such policies.

Survey responses will be analyzed with respect to hospital demographic characteristics and hospital performance on The Joint Commission's smoking cessation counseling core measures.



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