A randomized trial to evaluate primary care clinician training to use the Teachable Moment Communication Process for smoking cessation counseling


Objective. To implement and evaluate the impact of a Teachable Moment Communication Process (TMCP) training intervention on clinicians' smoking cessation counseling behaviors in practice. Method. Using a group randomized trial, 31 community-based, primary care clinicians in Northeast Ohio received either TMCP training or an attention control (2010-2012). TMCP training consisted of two, three-hour sessions involving didactic instruction, skill practice with standardized patients, and coaching. Clinician performance of TMCP elements was assessed by coding audio-recordings of routine visits with smokers at baseline and post-intervention (n = 806). Results. Baseline performance of all TMCP elements was similar in the two groups. After the intervention, TMCP-trained clinicians were more often observed advising patients to quit while linking smoking to the patient's concern (58% vs. 44%, p = 0.01), expressing optimism (36% vs. 3%, p

Flocke, SA; Step, MM; Antognoli, E; et al.
Preventive Medicine 69: 267-273 Dec 2014