Title

The Emerging Global Tobacco Treatment Workforce: Characteristics of Tobacco Treatment Specialists Trained in Council-Accredited Training Programs from 2017 to 2019

DOI

10.3390/ijerph18052416

Authors

Christine E. Sheffer, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY 14263, USA.
Abdulmohsen Al-Zalabani, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training and Certification Program at College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah 42353, Saudi Arabia.
Andrée Aubrey, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Course, College of Medicine, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA.
Rasha Bader, Tobacco Dependence Treatment Training, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman 11941, Jordan.
Claribel Beltrez, Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA.
Susan Bennett, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.
Ellen Carl, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY 14263, USA.
Caroline Cranos, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01655, USA.
Audrey Darville, BREATHE Online Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40504, USA.
Jennifer Greyber, Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, Duke Smoking Cessation Program, Duke Cancer Center, Durham, NC 27705, USA.
Maher Karam-Hage, Tobacco Treatment Training Program, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
Feras Hawari, Tobacco Dependence Treatment Training, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman 11941, Jordan.
Tresza Hutcheson, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA.
Victoria Hynes, Tobacco Treatment Education & Training Program, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, Portland, ME 04101, USA.
Chris Kotsen, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10022, USA.
Frank Leone, Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
Jamie McConaha, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training and Certificate Program, School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, Pittsburg, PA 15282, USA.
Heather McCary, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Program, The Breathing Association, Columbus, OH 43203, USA.
Crystal Meade, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Wellness and Prevention Department, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA.
Cara Messick, National Jewish Health®, Denver, CO 80206, USA.
Susan K. Morgan, Tobacco Treatment Training Program, School of Dentistry, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA.
Cindy W. Morris, Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.
Thomas Payne, ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research, University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute, Jackson, MS 39213, USA.
Jessica Retzlaff, Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs, Inc., Madison, WI 53704, USA.
Wendy Santis, Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs, Inc., Madison, WI 53704, USA.
Etta Short, Optum's Quit for Life Program®, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, USA.
Therese Shumaker, Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.
Michael Steinberg, Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA.
Ann Wendling, Tobacco Cessation Program, Healthways, A Sharecare Company, Franklin, TN 37067, USA.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2-2021

Publication Title

International journal of environmental research and public health

Volume

18

Issue

5

Keywords

evidence-based practice, health care professional training, smoking cessation, tobacco dependence treatment

Abstract

Tobacco use is projected to kill 1 billion people in the 21st century. Tobacco Use Disorder (TUD) is one of the most common substance use disorders in the world. Evidence-based treatment of TUD is effective, but treatment accessibility remains very low. A dearth of specially trained clinicians is a significant barrier to treatment accessibility, even within systems of care that implement brief intervention models. The treatment of TUD is becoming more complex and tailoring treatment to address new and traditional tobacco products is needed. The Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (Council) is the accrediting body for Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training programs. Between 2016 and 2019, = 7761 trainees completed Council-accredited TTS training programs. Trainees were primarily from North America (92.6%) and the Eastern Mediterranean (6.1%) and were trained via in-person group workshops in medical and academic settings. From 2016 to 2019, the number of Council-accredited training programs increased from 14 to 22 and annual number of trainees increased by 28.5%. Trainees have diverse professional backgrounds and work in diverse settings but were primarily White (69.1%) and female (78.7%) located in North America. Nearly two-thirds intended to implement tobacco treatment services in their setting; two-thirds had been providing tobacco treatment for 1 year or less; and 20% were sent to training by their employers. These findings suggest that the training programs are contributing to the development of a new workforce of TTSs as well as the development of new programmatic tobacco treatment services in diverse settings. Developing strategies to support attendance from demographically and geographically diverse professionals might increase the proportion of trainees from marginalized groups and regions of the world with significant tobacco-related inequities.

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