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Recipe Name:

QIM 2 – Smoking Status


In Australia, smoking continues to be the behavioural risk factor responsible for the highest levels of preventable disease and premature death. Recording systems that document tobacco use almost double the rate at which clinicians intervene with smokers leading to higher rates of smoking cessation.


Proportion of regular clients who are aged 15 years and over and whose smoking status has been recorded within the previous 12 months as one of the following:

•current smoker;

•ex-smoker or;

•never smoked

Where a regular client’s tobacco smoking status does not have an assessment date assigned within the Clinical Information System (CIS), tobacco smoking status the CIS should be treated as current (i.e. as having been updated within the previous 12 months).

This question should be asked annually until age 30 then the current status is assumed.

CAT Starting Point:

  1. CAT Open - CAT4 view (all reports) loaded
  2. Population Extract Loaded and Extract Pane “Hidden”
    1. Filter Pane open and under the ‘General’ tab ‘Active Patients’ (3x <2 years) selected


Please note that there are limitation to the PAT CAT user interface in replicating this PIP QI measure. Due to the definition of this QIM patients who are aged over 30 need to have at least one smoking assessment recorded since turning 30, which can't be done using the available filters. This can (but doesn't necessarily) lead to slightly more patients being found by these recipe steps than showing in the PIP QI report.

For example someone aged 30 who had their last smoking assessment done at age 28  will be rejected by the PIP QI calculation but will be counted by the age>30 and smoking assessment done step shown below.

CAT4 starting point


Part One - patients aged 15-29 with yearly smoking assessments