Treatment of Tobacco Dependence in the Healthcare Setting: Current Best Practices
- Be able to name the three key ingredients of recommended treatment for tobacco dependence
- Know two models of delivering that treatment in the healthcare setting: the 5As and the A-A-R model
- Know about telephone quit lines and how to work in partnership with them; and
- Know at least three special considerations when working with smokers who also have a mental illness and/or other substance use disorders.
Dr. Bruce Christiansen is a licensed psychologist and joined the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2006 where he is now a Senior Scientist. He served as the project director for the 2008 update to the United States Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. He has assisted the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, within the Division of Public Health, implement its strategic plan to address tobacco disparities since the plan was developed in 2002. For the past six years he has served on the steering committee for the state?s Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project which seeks to integrate the treatment of tobacco dependence into the Wisconsin mental health and substance abuse care delivery system. His current research projects address low income smokers seeking services from the Salvation Army and smokers with significant and persistent mental illness receiving care from Community Support Programs. Prior to joining UW-CTRI worked as the Assistant Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin and as a Managing Consultant at APS Healthcare. In this latter capacity, he directed a staff of analysts dedicated to advising the Wisconsin Medicaid program.