Performance Change in Treating Tobacco Addiction

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (01/08/21) Ivanova, Anna; Baliunas, Dolly; Ahad, Sheleza; et al.

An online, interprofessional, facilitated continuing education course for treating tobacco addiction was assessed at level 5 of the Moore's evaluation framework to gauge its effectiveness in sustaining performance among healthcare providers (HCPs) across multiple disciplines. Included were 62 HCPs with direct clinical duties, who completed the online Training Enhancement in Applied Counseling and Health (TEACH) Core Course in 2015 and 2016. The authors compared self-reported changes in cessation counseling and clinical practices across eight core competencies from baseline to six-month follow-up using McNemar's tests and descriptive analyses. Substantially more HCPs provided cessation counseling at six-month follow-up, and they observed significantly more engagement in six core competencies. The authors recommend that continuing education programs should consider using consistent evaluation frameworks to advance cross program comparisons.

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