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Faculty perceptions of a tobacco cessation train-the-trainer workshop and experiences with implementation: A qualitative follow-up study.

Elkhadragy N, Corelli RL, Russ AL, Snyder ME, Clabaugh M, Hudmon KS. Faculty perceptions of a tobacco cessation train-the-trainer workshop and experiences with implementation: A qualitative follow-up study. Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP. 2019 Dec 1; 15(12):1436-1445.

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BACKGROUND: Between 2003 and 2005, pharmacy faculty members (n? = 191) participated in a national train-the-trainer workshop designed to equip faculty with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement a shared curriculum, Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation, at pharmacy schools across the United States. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a long-term, qualitative follow-up study of faculty participants to describe (a) perceptions of the train-the-trainer workshop, and (b) subsequent experiences with curricular implementation. Results of this investigation will inform a national survey of all train-the-trainer participants. METHODS: Participants were selected via random sampling from the group of 191 faculty members who participated in the workshop. Semi-structured telephone interviews with participants were audio-recorded and transcribed, and qualitative thematic analysis was conducted. RESULTS: Eighteen (62%) of 29 invited individuals participated in the interviews. All participants reported implementing components of Rx for Change at their institution. The analysis yielded eight major themes pertaining to faculty perceptions and experiences with implementation: (1) accessibility to tools for teaching, (2) increased confidence and skills, (3) flexibility delivering the curriculum, (4) factors facilitating implementation and challenges encountered by faculty, (5) enhancement in treating tobacco users in clinical practice, (6) students'' confidence and cognizance of the pharmacists'' role as a public health advocate, (7) networking and career development opportunities, and (8) useful background for research. CONCLUSION: Participation in the train-the-trainer workshop increased self-reported confidence for teaching tobacco cessation, and faculty valued access to useful, updated tools for teaching. Furthermore, their newly acquired counseling skills were deemed helpful for treating patients'' tobacco use and dependence in clinical practice. Participants also perceived improved pharmacy students'' confidence and beneficial networking opportunities. Results can help future trainers understand faculty experiences with implementing a shared, national curriculum and inform faculty participants of some of the potential long-term outcomes as a result of participation.

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