Clinician's Guide to Treating Tobacco Dependence
- Goal 3: Collect, analyze, report, and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
- Develop a unified, multidisciplinary educational curriculum for health care professionals, including primary health care providers, using harmonized clinical practice guidelines
- Develop and encourage the use of a written, patient-centric COPD management plan tool, with appropriate cultural and health literacy considerations, which can be customized with input from the patient's health care provider(s)
Activity DescriptionRespiratory therapists interact with many people in a variety of settings who may also use some sort of tobacco product. While the RT may be comfortable discussing other healthcare topics, the tobacco cessation discussion may be uncomfortable or difficult to initiate. This Clinician’s Guide to Treating Tobacco Dependence provides RTs with the guidance necessary to understand the effects of nicotine, differentiate among tobacco products, discuss the addiction cycle, and initiate the tobacco cessation discussion with patients.
Assmoking/ tobacco consumption is the #1 cause of COPD, it is important for healthcare providers to understand the nuanced approach to educating patients about tobacco cessation.