• Evaluating Student Pharmacists’ Comfort Level and Effectiveness in Referring Tobacco Users to a Quit Line During Health Screening Events: A Pilot Study at One University

      Spencer, Jenene; Babico, Mary; Lundeen, Emily; Spencer, Jenene; College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona (The University of Arizona., 2012)
      Specific Aims: To assess the number of patients referred to ASHLine during the health screenings performed by University of Arizona College of Pharmacy students; and to identify the comfort level of students who asked patients about their smoking status. Methods: An anonymous questionnaire was sent via electronic mail to evaluate students’ comfort levels in implementing a smoking cessation referral program and subject demographics. Chart reviews quantified the number of patients referred to a smoking cessation program. Main Results: A total of 1,147 patients were screened for smoking cessation, 85 of which said they still smoked. Of the 85 who smoked, only 2 (0.17%) were referred to ASHLine. There was no significant increase in the comfort level of students (based on three domains) who participated in a smoking cessation training program or students in different years of their professional education. It was found that more students were comfortable with completing the required smoking cessation paperwork if they attended three or more health fairs (P=0.014). Conclusions: The comfort level of students with smoking cessation education is independent of the number of patients referred to a local smoking cessation program.