Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: CD-ROM Training Tool for Health Care Providers Improves Their Treatment of Pregnant Smokers

Developing an interactive multimedia program to help pregnant patients stop smoking

Project staff at the Dartmouth Medical School created, assessed and distributed Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond, a multimedia educational tool to help health care practitioners treat tobacco dependence in pregnant women. It is based on the principles of the 5A's smoking cessation intervention.

Key Results:

  • More than 700 copies of the CD-ROM have been purchased since its release in October 2004.

Key Findings:

  • Clinicians who viewed the program increased their use of many recommended smoking cessation interventions with both pregnant and non-pregnant smokers. For example:
    • The percentage of pregnant smokers who received more than one type of assistance to help them quit increased from 10 percent to 47 percent.
    • The percentage of pregnant smokers for whom clinicians arranged follow-up increased from 0 to 33 percent.

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