Evaluation of Outcomes for Tobacco Cessation Counseling in the Dalhousie University Dental Hygiene Curriculum
Maillet, J. Peggy
Tax, Cara L.
Neish, Nancy R.
Denny, Allison L.
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As part of their curriculum, senior dental hygiene students at Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentisity provide tobacco cessation counseling (TCC). This study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the TCC didactic curriculum and its clinical extensions. Research methods included a comprehensive literature search, an assessment of available resources related to TCC, and a structured telephone interview. The interview, consisting of ten summative questions, was conducted to determine the current tobacco use status of clients who had been counseled by a dental hygiene student for tobacco cessation. A target population of 132 subjects was extracted from axiUm, Dalhousie University dental clinic's patient database. The population represented clients who had TCC from 200 1 to 2008. The investigators wanted to know if the client was 1) advised to quit tobacco use; 2) informed of the health risks of using, tobaccos 3) still using tobacco; 4) taught self-examination techniques for oral cancer; and 5) if any post-counseling follow-up was initiated. A convenience size of fifty-one subjects was obtained. Survey results, along with the assessment of resources, revealed that the current TCC program needed improvement. As a result of the research, change were implemented aimed at improving the effectiveness of the TCC program, and recommendations were made further changes to enhance the overall program effectiveness.
Maillet, J. Peggy, Cara L. Tax, Nancy R. Neish, and Allison L. Denny. 2010. "Evaluation of Outcomes for Tobacco Cessation Counseling in the Dalhousie University Dental Hygiene Curriculum." Journal of dental education 74(3): 311-317.