Basic skills for working with smokers: a pilot test of an online course for medical students
Author(s)White, Mary Jo
Ewy, Beth M.
Ockene, Judith K.
Powers, Catherine A.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Medicine and Health Sciences
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AbstractBACKGROUND: Online learning can be an excellent method for presenting clinical skills to address health behaviors. METHODS: Medical students pilot tested a skills-building course consisting of an online component and a practical application. RESULTS: A total of 38 students were registered, 25 (66%) completed the online component, and 22 (58%) completed both course components. Students reported they were adequately trained to administer the brief 5A intervention to patients who smoke and they intended to deliver the intervention routinely. CONCLUSIONS: Online skills-building courses can have a positive effect on students' knowledge and skills and can be used across health behaviors promote healthy lifestyles.