TiTAN Crete Project Aims to Implement Multi-Component Tobacco Treatment Training

The Tobacco treatment TrAining Network in Crete (TiTAN Crete) project is now in full swing. The network’s first primary care provider training session hosted 53 general practitioners in late September, which included two tobacco treatment specialists from Athens as well as members of the TiTAN Crete team: Dr. Christos Lionis, Dr. Sophia Papadakis, Dr. Constantine Vardavas and Dr. Andrew Pipe.TiTAN Tobacco Treatment Training Network in Crete

The goal of the TiTAN Crete project is the development of a primary health care provider network in Crete, Greece that will integrate treatment of tobacco dependence into daily clinical practices and enable providers to become champions of tobacco control policy. It is a partnership between the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine at the University of Crete and the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute that aims to design and implement a multi-component tobacco treatment training program tailored to the providers’ practices in Crete.

The toolkit developed for the providers taking part in the TiTAN Crete project was adapted from the “Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation” in Primary Care program, according to Dr. Papadakis, a Scientist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Visiting Scientist at the University of Crete. It includes a number of resources that are intended to support 5As delivery in a busy practice, provide real-time reminders and share teaching tools for general practitioners:

  • Tobacco use survey
  • Smoking cessation consult form
  • Patient quit plan booklet
  • Cost of medication/smoking reference sheet
  • Waiting room poster
  • Training videos

“It’s very exciting for us to see the strong interest from primary care community in Crete in developing the knowledge and skills to help support their patients with quitting smoking,” Dr. Papadakis said. “Since the launch of the TiTAN Crete program many physicians have reported great interest from their patients in quitting and early success in making a quit attempt. We look forward to continuing our work with the GP community as part of the TiTAN Crete project and growing the Primary Care Smoking Cessation Network in Greece.”