Grantee: Steffani R. Bailey, PhD

Steffani R. Bailey

Steffani R. Bailey, PhD

Tobacco Treatment and Health Services Researcher
  • Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Bailey's work focuses on reducing smoking-related disparities through improved access to, and utilization of, smoking cessation assistance within primary care settings. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how health policies and system-based interventions impact tobacco treatment among patients seen in safety-net settings. Dr. Bailey's interest in tobacco-related research is rooted in her training as a clinical psychologist, as well as having grown up in a small town in southern Oregon where tobacco use remains prevalent.

Dr. Bailey completed a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) K23 award that used electronic health record (EHR) data to evaluate the impact of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Meaningful Use of EHRs initiative on smoking status assessment and cessation assistance in safety-net clinics. Her current research project funded by the National Cancer Institute is a pragmatic cluster-randomized trial that examines the reach and effectiveness of a Quitline eReferral system implemented with enhanced academic detailing (intervention condition) compared with implementation without enhanced academic detailing (comparison condition). This study also evaluates the cost-effectiveness of the Quitline eReferral system, both with and without enhanced academic detailing. Dr. Bailey and her colleagues hope to increase the reach of evidence-based cessation treatments through the collaboration between state Quitlines and community health centers that serve large numbers of socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers.

While working on explanatory smoking cessation trials as a postdoctoral fellow, we had to exclude people with certain comorbidities that are quite common among those who smoke. I realized that I wanted my own research career to focus on real-world patients in real-world clinical settings. My goal is to increase access to, and utilization of, effective smoking cessation interventions in health care settings that serve populations disproportionately affected by tobacco use.”

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