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Goal: Physicians will screen patients for tobacco use and conduct tobacco cessation interventions utilizing best practice guidelines and motivational interviewing techniques.Almost 75% of smokers recently surveyed reported an interest in quitting (Gallup, 2010). Primary care physicians have a golden opportunity to intervene with tobacco using patients, yet screening and intervention rates remain low (Seale et al, 2010). Despite the opportunity, patient interest, and evidence of treatment effectiveness, physicians still are not fully implementing guidelines in their practices and need conduct screening and intervention more consistently and thoroughly.
Educational Objectives:After completing this activity participants will be able to:
Utilize the 5 steps of smoking cessation intervention (the 5 A's) and determine each patient's stage in the tobacco cessation cycle to develop individualized tobacco interventions.
Evaluate personal characteristics or needs of individual patients who smoke (e.g., concerns about weight gain, amount smoked, history of failed attempts at quitting smoking, etc.) and use the information to guide interventions.
Implement the current recommendations -- including indications and contraindications, special precautions, and warnings --- when prescribing first-line tobacco deterrent pharmacotherapies.
Apply motivational interviewing techniques in typical circumstances encountered in primary care with patients who have alcohol, tobacco, or other substance use problems.
Modules in this Training Activity
Tobacco Cessation Pharmacotherapy
Tobacco: Five Cases: Basic Tobacco Cessation Interventions
Motivational Interviewing for Primary Care
Audience and Accreditation
Physicians and other health care providers
Activity Credit: Obtaining credit for participation in this activity requires that you complete the pre-assessments, work through the modules (including all in-module interactive activities), complete the post-assessments with a 70% score on the post-test, and then request credit. At the end of the activity, you will be instructed on how to print out a certificate for your records.
Time Requirement: Keep track of the amount of time it takes you to complete this activity. You will be required to spend a set amount of time in order to claim credit. You should claim credit only for the time actually spent in the activity.
Technical Requirement: To participate in this activity, you will need a computer, an Internet connection, and a Web browser. This activity requires Chrome, Firefox, and IE7 or higher.