As providers, we have made the question of smoking status an integral part of the assessment process. For patients who use tobacco, this might be an intimidating question to answer. The 5 A’s training is based on the CDC Best Practice recommendations for a brief discussion of tobacco use, motivational interviewing techniques to determine motivation to change, and appropriate information and direction for cessation assistance. The more familiar providers become with asking the right questions and motivating to treatment, the more patients will make another attempt to quit. Overall, these methods have shown improvement in the number of attempts to quit and the number of patients who are quitting for good.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Pamela Graef Luckett, MCC, LPC, CTTS