Training for Primary Care Professionals in São Paulo Metropolitan Area

A free training was held last month for primary care health professionals from São Bernardo do Campo (SP), a city of approximately 800,000 inhabitants located in the ​​São Paulo metropolitan area. Two members of Global Bridges in Brazil, João Mauricio Castaldelli Maia, MD, and Nilson Silva, Psy., conducted the training.

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The audience was composed of physicians, psychologists, nurses, dentists and pharmacists who were recruited from all basic health units by the coordinator of the smoking cessation program of the city, Dr. Sonia Martins, MD. The topics covered during the training included a presentation of the Global Bridges network, epidemiology, brief counseling, behavioral therapy and pharmacological treatment of smoking.

During the training we found there is a great need of knowledge on the use of smoking cessation medications (bupropion, nicotine replacement therapy and varenicline) in special populations (such as pregnant women, people with heart disease and mental disorders), by the doctors. Furthermore, it was also clear the need for further training in behavioral techniques for smoking cessation, perhaps through a future workshop.

About the Author: Joao Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia, MD, is the president of the ABC Center for Mental Health Studies in Santo André, SP, Brazil. He is also a researcher in the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of São Paulo Medical School and an Affiliated Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Medical School, Fundação do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brazil.