Training Tobacco Treatment Specialists through Virtual Asynchronous Learning

Audrey Darville, Kathy Rademacher, Amanda T. Wiggins, Mary Grace Lenhof, Ellen J. Hahn

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Tobacco dependence is a prevalent, chronic, and complex addiction that often leads to long-term disease and death. However, few healthcare providers are sufficiently trained and feel comfortable in delivering tobacco dependence treatment. The purpose of the study was to examine the effectiveness of an accredited online Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training program that uses a novel, asynchronous approach. We compared the characteristics of participants who completed the program to those who did not complete the program. Changes in knowledge and attitudes in providing tobacco dependence treatment were measured, and satisfaction with the program and intent to pursue national certification were assessed. Participants who were more likely to complete the program were those who discussed quitting less frequently with patients prior to course enrollment. These participants had a significant increase in knowledge and high satisfaction with the course. Approximately half of participants who completed the program indicated that they would pursue obtaining a national certificate in tobacco dependence treatment in the next 2 years.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3201
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

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  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health professional training
  • Online training
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Tobacco dependence treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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