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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
13-389

The Education of Health Care Providers in Effective Tobacco Intervention Strategies: The Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center Education Program

Deborah Mell, MPH, CHES, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905

Objective: Through a grant from the National Cancer Institute, the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center developed several different educational programs with goals of improving tobacco intervention by health care providers. Outcomes of two of the programs, the Nicotine Dependence Conference and the NDC Workshops, were assessed through surveys of participants.

Methods: Web-based and mailed surveys were sent to all participants of the Nicotine Dependence Conferences and Workshops held in 2003 and 2004, approximately 6 months after their participation. Participants were queried on such areas as their perceived improvements in knowledge and skills related to tobacco intervention and improvement in adherence to the USPHS Guideline recommendations.

Results: Since May of 2002, 3546 people have participated in at least one of our educational programs, 2634 females and 832 males. Conference attendees have numbered 1095 and 2451 health care providers participated in the Workshops and other educational offerings. Qualitative and quantitative outcomes from surveys of representative samples of these populations will be presented and discussed as well as general descriptions of the health care providers who participated. Implications for future activities that can build capacity via education of health care providers in effective tobacco interventions will be described.