An evaluation of tobacco treatment specialist counseling performance using standardized patient interviews

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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavorial Medicine

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Adult; Counseling; Female; Humans; *Interviews as Topic; Male; *Professional Competence; Questionnaires; Tobacco Use Disorder


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


In the United States, tobacco treatment specialists are professionals from a variety of backgrounds trained to deliver moderate to intensive evidence-based tobacco treatment in a variety of settings across the country. This paper reports the results of a study that examined the extent to which specialists participating in a larger study adhered to clinical practice guidelines for tobacco dependence using standardized patient assessments. A total of 64 tobacco treatment specialists completed a survey and two audiotaped standardized patient interviews. Overall, 41% and 31% of tobacco treatment specialists demonstrated 80% or more of session content and interviewing skills assessed, respectively, when required to demonstrate the skill in both standardized patient interactions. These rates increased to 85% and 56%, respectively, when using the less stringent criteria of demonstrating the skill in at least one of the two standardized patient interactions. Tobacco treatment specialists who had attended a greater number of types of tobacco treatment training exhibited both greater coverage of session content (p

DOI of Published Version



Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Jan;9(1):119-28. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Nicotine and tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

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