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Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation


Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation is a comprehensive tobacco cessation training program that equips health professional students and practicing clinicians, of all disciplines, with evidence-based knowledge and skills for assisting patients with quitting. Learning Objectives At the end of this activity, the participant should be able to: List five health risks associated with chronic tobacco use. Describe alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS) and understand health risks associated with these products. Review pharmacodynamics of nicotine in the body and its role in addiction. Recognize drug interactions with tobacco smoke. Understand the 5 A’s for promoting tobacco cessation among patients: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange. Compare various tobacco cessation medications, including the safety and efficacy data, for the management of cessation. Develop a treatment regimen that incorporates the most effective medications for tobacco cessation, including drugs, doses, routes, and frequency of administration. Counsel a tobacco user on the proper use of the all first-line pharmacologic agents (including dosing, instructions on use, potential side effects, and precautions). Describe the services provided by the tobacco quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW). Topics Introduction and Epidemiology of Tobacco Use Pharmacology of Nicotine and Drug Interactions with Tobacco Smoke Forms of Tobacco and Alternative Nicotine Delivery Systems Behavioral Counseling for Tobacco Cessation Medications for Tobacco Cessation Patient Encounters Responsible Conduct of Research

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