Impact of a Shared Tobacco Cessation Curriculum in California Schools of Pharmacy
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Impact of a Shared Tobacco Cessation Curriculum in California Schools of Pharmacy


Purpose: To characterize the long-term impact of a shared, evidence-based tobacco cessation curriculum (Rx for Change) on tobacco-related education in California schools of pharmacy (n=8). Methods: Faculty members responsible for teaching tobacco-related content completed a survey assessing implementation of tobacco education, curricular time devoted to tobacco, and teaching and assessment methods utilized. Using historical data, the total number of students trained since 2000 was estimated. Results: All schools utilized the shared curriculum, and in 2012–2013, a median of 435 minutes (range: 240–600 minutes) was devoted to tobacco-related content within required curricula. Between 2000 and 2013, an estimated 10,616 pharmacy students in California received Rx for Change training. Conclusion: After more than a decade, a shared tobacco cessation curriculum continues to be widely utilized and provides a strong foundation for legislative efforts to enhance pharmacists' scope of practice related to prescriptive authority for tobacco cessation.

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