Let's Quit - PANS Smoking Cessation Program

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As the prevalence of chronic disease continues to rise, opportunities for pharmacists to be compensated for their interventions in the area of smoking and tobacco cessation, from both the private and public sector continue to become available across the country.  Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to provide services that support positive patient outcomes and prevent chronic disease, due to their knowledge, skills and accessibility. Pharmacist consultations that include medication management services along with coaching and support for lifestyle modifications have resulted in significant benefit to their patients.  This program has been developed to support pharmacists in the provision of smoking and tobacco cessation services.  

Learning Objectives

Behavior Change Counselling (Pre-course) (1.5 CEU)

  • Support a change based relationship with patients by promoting collaboration and empowerment while avoiding teaching and telling
  • Conduct a readiness assessment and promote readiness when it is low
  • Support the patient in evidence based behaviour modification intervention
  • Identify psychosocial factors that are associated with success and maintenance of success

Quit Adapted from CPhA Program  (4.5 CEU) 

Module 1 Starting Intervention: Why They Should Quit and How You Should Help Them

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

· Discuss the risks of tobacco use and the benefit of quitting

· Assess the client’s readiness to quit

· Utilize a 5 A’s approach: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange

· Describe the professional and financial rewards for providing “above-and-beyond” care for clients quitting smoking

Module 2   Addiction and Its Implications

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

· Discuss the reasons people smoke, including physical and behavioural dependence

· Stimulate and support a client’s desire to deal with their addiction to nicotine, including withdrawal symptoms

· Recognize the utility of supportive measures in the smoker wishing to quit

Module 3:  Pharmacotherapy and Behavior

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

· Outline available smoking cessation aids and the characteristics that may make an aid more appropriate than others in certain clinical situations

· Discuss the use of aids in terms of its indication, precautions, and counselling issues

· Discuss alternate cessation methods

· Discuss useful behaviour tips

Module 4:  Counselling Process and Putting It All Together

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

· Communicate effectively with your client

· Provide effective face-to-face counselling and telephone or in-person follow-up

· Refer clients to appropriate outside resources

Assessment:  For successful completion of each course, a multiple choice exam will be required at the end of the module.  The pass mark is 70% and learners will have 2 attempts.  

System Requirements:  online learning environment compatible with MAC, PC and tablets.  You will require speakers and a video player for some content.  

Author:  Adapted and Presented by Lisa Woodill, PhC with permission from the Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2016/2017 QUIT Program.