Influencing readiness and intentions to offer tobacco dependence treatment through training

King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), the Global Bridges partner for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, has recently published a paper summarizing KHCC’s five-year experience in building and administering a tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) training program across the region.

The publication describes the predisposing-enabling-reinforcing instructional framework that KHCC adopted, and the process for designing and developing the program. It summarizes the outcomes of the program in terms of improved healthcare provider (HCP) knowledge, competence, and confidence as indicators of self-efficacy to offer TDT services. It further highlights the effect of the program in motivating change among HCPs indicated through their intentions for positive change as a result of attending the training.

Since TDT may be viewed as an entry point for HCPs towards a more active role in tobacco control, the publication goes on to underline the success of the program in bringing physicians, administrators, and medical students together into a network of advocates who can further advance tobacco control in their respective countries.