Basic skills for working with smokers: a pilot test of an online course for medical students

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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine



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Clinical Competence; *Curriculum; *Education, Medical; Educational Status; Health Behavior; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Models, Educational; *Online Systems; Pilot Projects; Risk-Taking; *Smoking; *Students, Medical


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Women's Studies


BACKGROUND: Online learning can be an excellent method for presenting clinical skills to address health behaviors.

METHODS: Medical students pilot tested a skills-building course consisting of an online component and a practical application.

RESULTS: A total of 38 students were registered, 25 (66%) completed the online component, and 22 (58%) completed both course components. Students reported they were adequately trained to administer the brief 5A intervention to patients who smoke and they intended to deliver the intervention routinely.

CONCLUSIONS: Online skills-building courses can have a positive effect on students' knowledge and skills and can be used across health behaviors promote healthy lifestyles.

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Citation: J Cancer Educ. 2007 Winter;22(4):254-8. Link to article on publisher's site

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