Title

Tobacco education in US physician assistant programs

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-1-2009

Journal

Journal of Cancer Education

Volume

24

Issue

2

DOI

10.1080/08858190902854475

Abstract

Background. Few health degree programs incorporate sufficient tobacco cessation education in core curricula. Methods. A national survey of 132 PA programs assessed the extent to which tobacco is addressed, educational methods, perceived importance and adequacy of tobacco education, and perceived barriers to enhancing tobacco-related content. Results. Surveys (n = 99; 75%) revealed a median of 150 minutes of tobacco education throughout the degree program. Key barriers to enhancing training are lack of curriculum time and lack of access to comprehensive, evidence-based resources. Two-thirds expressed interest in participating in a nationwide effort to enhance tobacco cessation training. Conclusions. Similar to other disciplines, enhanced tobacco education is needed in PA programs to adequately prepare graduates to address the primary known cause of preventable death in the United States. © AACE and EACE.

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