Evaluation of an Online Residency Training in Tobacco Use Disorder.

Authors:
Jill M Williams
Jill M Williams
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
United States
Vamsee Chaguturu
Vamsee Chaguturu
University of Kansas Medical Center
United States
Anthony Tobia
Anthony Tobia
UMDNJ-RWJ Medical School
United States
Barbara Palmeri
Barbara Palmeri
Università di Palermo
Italy

Am J Addict 2019 Apr 16. Epub 2019 Apr 16.

Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey.

Background And Objectives: Despite the overwhelming need for tobacco use disorder (TUD) treatment in behavioral health settings, few models have emerged for training psychiatry residents. One barrier may be a lack of curricula or faculty expertize in this area. The goal of this project was to develop and evaluate a 3 hour online webinar-based course for teaching psychiatry residents about TUD.

Methods: Residents from 42 participating general psychiatry residency programs were emailed a unique link to course materials. Participation was voluntary.

Results: Two-hundred and seven residents completed the pretest measuring baseline knowledge and 199 completed the survey measuring attitudes toward treatment of tobacco use. Mean pretest scores were 53.0% correct (SD 19.6), showing low levels of baseline knowledge. Pretest knowledge scores differed by residency year, suggesting no gain in knowledge during residency training. About 80% of participants completed the entire course and posttest evaluations. Paired t tests for 150 individuals who completed both a pretest and posttest indicated a significant increase in knowledge, with a mean gain in score of 35 points.

Discussion And Conclusions: Many residents reported feeling not well prepared to treat TUD from prior education. The vast majority (98%) felt the program enhanced their professional experience somewhat or substantially or would recommend the program to others (82%).

Scientific Significance: Online training for residents is a viable option to address knowledge deficits in TUD. (Am J Addict 2019;00:1-8).

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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ajad.12885
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April 2019
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