Teaching Clinicians About Tobacco Cessation May Help Patients Quit

Few continuing education programs to train behavioral health professionals to deliver tobacco treatment services have been described and evaluated.

The effectiveness of two-day training on changing practice was examined by review of clinical charts from 20 clinicians who attended in 2012. Ten medical records were randomly selected for review from each clinician’s outpatient practice at a large behavioral health system. Five charts from smokers seen within six months before and after training were reviewed per clinician, for a total of 200. Records were electronically searched on “cigarette,” “nicotine,” “tobacco,” “quit,” “smoking,” and “smoke.” Results were compared via chi square tests (all P<.05).

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