Evaluation of a train-the-trainer program for tobacco cessation

Am J Pharm Educ. 2007 Dec 15;71(6):109. doi: 10.5688/aj7106109.


Objectives: To assess pharmacy faculty members' perceptions of the Rx for Change tobacco cessation program materials and train-the-trainer program.

Methods: Pharmacy faculty members attended a 14.5 hour train-the-trainer program conducted over 3 days. Posttraining survey instruments assessed participants' (n = 188) characteristics and factors hypothesized to be associated with program adoption.

Results: Prior to the training, 49.5% of the faculty members had received no formal training for treating tobacco use and dependence, and 46.3% had never taught students how to treat tobacco use and dependence. Participants' self-rated abilities to teach tobacco cessation increased posttraining (p < 0.001). The curriculum materials were viewed as either moderately (43.9%) or highly (54.0%) compatible for integration into existing curricula, and 68.3% reported they were "highly likely" to implement the program in the upcoming year.

Conclusions: Participation in a national train-the-trainer program significantly increased faculty members' perceived ability to teach tobacco-related content to pharmacy students, and the majority of participants indicated a high likelihood of adopting the Rx for Change program at their school. The train-the-trainer model appears to be a viable and promising strategy for promoting adoption of curricular innovations on a national scale.

Keywords: assessment; faculty development; tobacco cessation education; train-the-trainer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Curriculum
  • Data Collection
  • Education, Pharmacy / organization & administration*
  • Faculty
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Program Evaluation
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*