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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155511
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Worksite Tobacco Dependence Program for Healthcare Providers
Abstract:
A Worksite Tobacco Dependence Program for Healthcare Providers
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Bartscherer, Diane J., MS, ANP
P.I. Institution Name:North Shore-LIJ Health System
Title:Nurse Practitioner
Co-Authors:Virginia Reichert, MS, NP; Patricia A. Folan, BSN, RN; Colleen DeGaetano, RN, BS, OCN; Daniel R. Jacobsen, BSN, RN; Lorana Miceli, MA, RN, CH
PURPOSE:  Tobacco use is of major concern for all healthcare providers today. Healthcare professionals should strive to set a good example for their patients. Healthcare workers who smoke are less likely to address tobacco dependence and related issues with their patients. The effects of an ongoing tobacco cessation initiative geared specifically toward healthcare providers are being studied. This on-site employee program provides free counseling, medications and support services. METHODS: Healthcare providers (MDs, RNs, NPs, PAs , SWs, etc) are offered free FDA approved pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation combined with confidential free individual or group counseling. Classes and individual counseling sessions are held at convenient times for the employees. Exhaled carbon monoxide (CO) is measured to biochemically validate quit status.  Follow up continues for 1 year, with non-responders considered to have relapsed back to smoking. RESULTS: To date over 200 healthcare workers (the majority being RNs)  have been treated in this program. The participants seen were 54% female, with a mean age of 41, mean pack years of 23.  The mean CO on day 1 was 18.5 ppm.  Mean number of previous quit attempts is 2.7.  71% scored a ?high readiness to quit? (7 or greater out of 10).  The quit rate of all comers to the program at 30 days is 60%, with 18% of quitters relapsing by one year.  The participants who stopped smoking cited many perceived benefits of quitting: 59% stated less cough, 54% breathing easier, 49% increased sense of taste, 73% less tobacco odor, and 30% had an increased exercise tolerance. CONCLUSIONS: A free, confidential and convenient tobacco dependence program specifically for healthcare workers provides an effective method to stop smoking. In addition to the health benefits associated with stopping smoking, these professionals are better equipped to assist their patients in becoming tobacco free.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Worksite Tobacco Dependence Program for Healthcare Providersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155511-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Worksite Tobacco Dependence Program for Healthcare Providers</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Bartscherer, Diane J., MS, ANP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">North Shore-LIJ Health System</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Nurse Practitioner</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dbartsch@nshs.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Virginia Reichert, MS, NP; Patricia A. Folan, BSN, RN; Colleen DeGaetano, RN, BS, OCN; Daniel R. Jacobsen, BSN, RN; Lorana Miceli, MA, RN, CH</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">PURPOSE:&nbsp; Tobacco use is of major concern for all healthcare providers today. Healthcare professionals should strive to set a good example for their patients. Healthcare workers who smoke are less likely to address tobacco dependence and related issues with their patients. The effects of an ongoing tobacco cessation initiative geared specifically toward healthcare providers are being studied. This on-site employee program provides free counseling, medications and support services. METHODS: Healthcare providers (MDs, RNs, NPs, PAs , SWs, etc) are offered free FDA approved pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation combined with confidential free individual or group counseling. Classes and individual counseling sessions are held at convenient times for the employees. Exhaled carbon monoxide (CO) is measured to biochemically validate quit status.&nbsp; Follow up continues for 1 year, with non-responders considered to have relapsed back to smoking. RESULTS: To date over 200 healthcare workers (the majority being&nbsp;RNs) &nbsp;have been treated in this program. The participants seen&nbsp;were 54% female, with a mean age of 41, mean pack years of 23.&nbsp; The mean CO on day 1 was 18.5 ppm.&nbsp; Mean number of previous quit attempts is 2.7.&nbsp; 71% scored a ?high readiness to quit? (7 or greater out of 10).&nbsp; The quit rate of all comers to the program at 30 days is 60%, with 18% of quitters relapsing by one year.&nbsp; The participants who stopped smoking cited many perceived benefits of quitting: 59% stated less cough, 54% breathing easier, 49% increased sense of taste, 73% less tobacco odor, and 30% had an increased exercise tolerance. CONCLUSIONS: A free, confidential and convenient tobacco dependence program specifically for healthcare workers provides an effective method to stop smoking. In addition to the health benefits associated with stopping smoking, these professionals are better equipped to assist their patients in becoming tobacco free.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:54:33Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:54:33Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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