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Evaluation of an Interprofessional Tobacco Cessation Train-the-Trainer Program for Respiratory Therapy Faculty.

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Although tobacco use is the leading cause of numerous preventable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, respiratory therapy students historically have received inadequate education for treating tobacco use and dependence. To address this gap, a respiratory-specific tobacco cessation training program was created and disseminated via a train-the-trainer approach for faculty in respiratory therapy and respiratory care programs across the United States. The purpose of this study was to estimate the impact of the live, web-based, train-the-trainer programs on participating faculty, and to assess changes in the extent of adoption of tobacco cessation content in respiratory therapy curricula across institutions in the United States.


Five live, 2.5-h web-based train-the-trainer programs for respiratory therapy faculty were conducted. To characterize impact of this national initiative, surveys were administered at baseline, immediately after training, and then at the end of the subsequent academic year.


A total of 270 respiratory therapy faculty members participated in a live webinar training, representing 248 of the 402 (61.7%) respiratory therapy schools in the United States. At the end of the subsequent academic year, faculty reported significant improvement in their overall ability to teach tobacco cessation (P < .001). Nearly all (97.4%) agreed that the webinar train-the-trainer format was conducive to learning, and high self-ratings were reported for skills to teach the tobacco cessation content. During the 2016-2017 academic year, 1,248 respiratory therapy students received training. Faculty anticipated teaching a median of 3 h of tobacco cessation in the subsequent academic year.


Training respiratory therapy faculty using a train-the-trainer approach had a positive impact on faculty's perceived confidence and ability to teach tobacco cessation at their institutions.

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