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Refer2Quit: Impact of Web-based skills training on tobacco interventions and quitline referrals.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Carpenter KM, Carlini BH, Painter I, Mikko AT, Stoner SA. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2012 Jun;32(3):187-95.

This study examined the impact of a case-based CME/CE program, Refer2Quit(R2Q), which was developed to educate providers about quitlines, referral methods, and tobacco interventions. R2Q includes QL education and intervention and referral skills training tailored to provider type and work setting. Results showed the four participating health care organizations increased the fax referral rates as well as rates of referrals that converted to actual quitline registrations. Providers who completed the training expressed significantly more positive attitudes and improved self-efficacy for delivering tobacco services. At follow-up most providers reported increased delivery of tobacco interventions and QL referrals, although only 17% reported increased rates of fax referral. The study authors suggest that online education builds skills, improves knowledge, and thus increases the number and quality of fax referrals made to QLs by health care providers. Providers nonetheless reported ongoing barriers to providing tobacco services and referral, including lack of reimbursement and patient unwillingness to accept a referral.

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