MetroHealth's 2021 Annual Meeting Fellows Lightning Round Presentation

At the 2021 ACAAM Annual Meeting, David Tracy, MD, presented "Nicotine Patch Prescription Fulfillment Rate for Emergency Department Patients" during the Fellows Lightning Round session. Dr. Tracy is a 2021 graduate of MetroHealth's addiction medicine fellowship program.

Dr. Tracy's presentation reviewed a study he conducted with Charles Emerman, MD, and Jon Siff, MD, that evaluated fill rates for prescription nicotine patches (NRT-P) from the Emergency Department. The study was conducted because prior work has demonstrated that many Emergency Department patients fail to fill their NRT-P prescriptions.

Drs. Tracy, Emerman, and Siff identified Emergency Department patients who were prescribed NRT-P from January 2018 to October 2019 and then gathered data on their age, gender, presence of chronic heart or lung problems, and more. The results found that only about half of patients fill their prescriptions for NRT-P, but female patients and those with chronic lung disease were more likely to do so.

View Dr. Tracy's presentation slides.

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