Developing an interactive multimedia program to help pregnant patients stop smoking

Smoking remains the single most important cause of poor pregnancy outcome in the U.S. Among the one million pregnant smokers in the U.S. each year, fewer than half receive best practice clinical interventions for nicotine addiction. The purpose of this project is to develop an interactive multimedia educational program based on the new U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline to teach the skills needed to provide best practice for treating tobacco dependence in prenatal, preconceptual, and post-partum care settings. An educational model, the Virtual Practicum, will be employed. This model: (1) has a sound basis in learning theory; (2) has been shown to be easily used by, and acceptable to, health professionals; and (3) employs technologies that permit its dissemination via CD-ROM, via broadband internet, or via CD-ROM and dial-up internet and includes an evaluation to measure the impact of the educational program on prenatal and primary care practices implementation of the Clinical Guideline recommendations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $845,861.00

Awarded on: 1/25/2001

Time frame: 2/1/2001 - 1/31/2006

Grant Number: 37958


Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine

1 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, 03755-1404


Cecelia Carter Gaffney
Project Director