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Adolescent Tobacco Dependency: Evidence-Based Strategies to Help Adolescents Quit

Published: May 2, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9410

Included in this publication:

  • Adolescent Tobacco Module Folder
  • BOHC Toolkit.pdf
  • Instructor's Guide.docx

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The following curriculum is an innovative concept-based resource that will educate medical students on the epidemiology of adolescent tobacco use and multiple evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies that can be used in clinical settings. This curriculum complements existing materials on MedEdPORTAL that focus on head, neck, and oral cancer examinations.

We use a novel video case scenario that highlights the real-world consequences of adolescent tobacco use. The video case scenario has effectively been used to teach dental students about oral health disparities. The Curriculum includes evidence-based modules based on the 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Practical Guide” on Tobacco-Use Treatment that reinforces the educational objectives of the Curriculum.

The Model Curriculum includes 6 self-guided modules: (1) epidemiology of tobacco behaviors; (2) the “5 A’s Model”; (3) counseling-based tobacco cessation strategies; (4) pharmacotherapeutic tobacco cessation strategies; (5) strategies to implement effective tobacco cessation programs within medical office settings; and (6) strategies on how physicians can partner with dentists to provide tobacco cessation services to adolescents.

To reinforce the stated educational objectives and measure the effectiveness of the curriculum, a 12-item pre-curriculum and post-curriculum test will be administered to students. Results from the pre- and post-tests will be used to modify the Curriculum as needed for future iterations.

The video case scenario showcased in this curriculum has been used to teach first year dental students about adolescent tobacco disparities for three years. Most recent pre- and post-data indicate that the video case scenarios are more effective than similar paper case scenarios on multiple outcomes.

Educational Objectives

  1. To describe the epidemiology of adolescent tobacco use.
  2. To summarize the "5 A's" tobacco cessation model.
  3. To outline 2 counseling and 7 pharmaceutical tobacco cessation strategies.
  4. To provide 3 ways to incorporate effective tobacco cessation programs in medical office settings.
  5. To illustrate 3 ways physicians can partner with dentists to ensure access to tobacco cessation services for adolescents.

Author Information

  • Donald Chi, DDS, PhD: University of Washington - Oral Health Sciences
  • Christine Riedy, PhD, MPH: University of Washington - Oral Health Sciences
  • Jaqueline Pickrell, PhD: University of Washington - Oral Health Sciences

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Chi D, Riedy C, Pickrell J. Adolescent tobacco dependency: evidence-based strategies to help adolescents quit. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9410. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9410

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.