Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE An Introduction to Smoking Cessation Programmes for Allied Health Professionals

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will provide an overview of the adverse health effects and prevention of tobacco use. It will discuss smoking prevalence and its impact on the Health care system, the use of evidence-based good practices that serve to educate patients on the chronic and debilitating effects of smoking on one’s quality of life.

Students will understand the chronic nature of tobacco dependence, how to promote and encourage cessation and ensure the application of the appropriate approaches and techniques towards cessation.

The students will be prepared in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes thus contributing to the reduction of health risks in individuals, families, organizations and communities.

The study-unit will raise awareness about on-going tobacco communication and control, both within the tobacco industry on a local and international level, as well as the World Health Organisation, EU and within the local context of Malta.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
- Educate the Dental Auxiliary on the effects of smoking (direct and passive) on patients' general health and on the Health Services;
- Discuss the methods employed in promoting smoking cessation techniques within the different sectors of our society;
- Discuss the Tobacco Industry's strategies in recruiting new smokers, with special focus on the younger age groups;
- Inform students on any emerging, addictive smoking products;
- Discuss the policies within the WHO, EU, and local legislation and strategies, in tobacco control;
- Educate the Dental Auxiliary of their special role as promoters of smoking cessation in daily work practice and beyond;
- Establish brief smoking cessation intervention as a daily standard of practice for all;
- Develop confidence in the student’s ability in helping patients to quit through theory and clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Understand the complex and compulsive nature of the smoking addiction;
- Evaluate a smoker’s situation and provide information on cessation;
- Understand the proper clinical skills used in advising and encouraging smoking cessation;
- Understand the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapies and other cessation methods;
- Understand the marketing techniques employed by the Tobacco Industry;
- Understand the International and National legislation on Tobacco Control;
- Promote and make use of local anti-smoking support services;
- Transfer knowledge related to quitting smoking to their patients and within the community.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply patient centered smoking cessation strategies and techniques in daily practice;
- Acquire and exhibit the appropriate clinical based skills to influence a positive behavioral change;
- Show leadership and become a role model for other professional organizations and society at large;
- Advocate and add their voice to national and global tobacco control efforts;
- Optimizing and implementing different smoking cessation strategies;
- Discuss the Tobacco Industry's techniques in recruiting new smokers;
- Discuss tobacco control policies and legislations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Beck, A. T., Wright, F. D., Newman, C. F., &Liese, B. S. (2011). Cognitive therapy of substance abuse. Guilford Press.
- Europe Quitting: Progress and Pathways (EQUIPP). (2011).
- Payne, S. (2011). Gender, women and the tobacco epidemic. Gender & Development, 19(2), 344-345.
- Rose, J. E. (1982). Smoking: Psychology and Pharmacology. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 248(11), 1393-1393.
- World Health Organization. (2013). WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2013: enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. World Health Organization.
- Public health advocacy and tobacco control : making smoking history. Chapman, Simon 2007.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practicum, Group Learning & Ind Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (10 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 20%
Fieldwork SEM2 No 30%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Nikolai Attard
Anne Buttigieg

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