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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Tobacco Cessation Training for Pharmacists

Karen E. Weir, BSc, MHServMgt and JD Barry Power, BSc.Phm, Pharm.D. Professional Affairs, Canadian Pharmacists Association, 1785 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6, Canada

Objective: Tobacco remains a leading cause of preventable death and disease in Canada. All Canadians have access to a variety of self-help programs, however not all Canadians have access to face to face counselling. In Canada, pharmacists are in an excellent position to offer tobacco cessation services because they are the most accessible health care professional. The Canadian Pharmacists Association is designing a Tobacco Cessation Training Program for pharmacists.

Methods: The training program is being designed in three phases. The first phase was an environmental scan of other Canadian tobacco cessation training for health care professionals. Phase Two is the development of the content and the delivery process of the program. The program will be offered online and in a live workshop format. Pharmacists will be offered training to provide the level of service they are confident to deliver and have time for. Phase Three is pilot testing and evaluation.

Results: Pharmacists have a great deal of knowledge regarding counselling on nicotine replacement therapy. However, pharmacists felt that more knowledge on the behavioural aspects and the counselling process of helping patients quit smoking was needed. After taking the training, pharmacists will be able to provide a well-rounded approach to help patients that are willing to quit tobacco.