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The Empire Challenge: Statewide Initiative Linking the Role of Dental Hygienists to Tobacco Depend.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Rauch TL, Sinisgalli E, Speenburgh J, Juster HR. J Dent Hyg. 2011;85(1):22-8. Epub 2011 Jan 1.

This study examined whether a specialized training program could increase the number of dental hygienists in New York State who routinely addressed tobacco use with their patients. A training program was developed based on the 2000 Clinical Practice Guideline. The formal training program was associated with a significant increase in the percentage of hygienists routinely addressing tobacco use and dependence with their patients. An increased number of calls to the quitline were generated.

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