Project Update: Building Tobacco Treatment Capacity in Medical Universities and Affiliated Hospitals in China

Periodically we provide updates on 19 grants awarded through a partnership between Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) and Global Bridges. These updates are designed to inform the Global Bridges community about the progress of each project, as well as the successes and challenges each grantee encounters. It is our hope that these updates will help other members of the Global Bridges community with the work they are doing in treatment.

Tingzhong Yang, a researcher at Zhejiang University, is currently working on “Building Tobacco Treatment Capacity in Medical Universities and Affiliated Hospitals in China;” a subset of this project is the Nicotine Dependence Treatment Program in Routine Clinical Care (NTRC). Through NTRC, physicians who work in a general clinical setting – rather than a smoking cessation treatment program – will be trained on how to help patients at different stages of smoking cessation. Given the large number of Chinese patients seeking treatment, the NTRC is designed to complement current routine clinical treatments without increasing the burden on the physicians providing them. You can read more about this project in English and Chinese.