Smoking Cessation

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Course Overview

The cases represented in this module introduce you to the complexities involved in helping some smokers quit in today’s strong anti-smoking environment where there are inevitably “hard-core smokers” who smoke despite their own medical circumstances and continue to smoke when it is evidently not in their best interest.  Each of the five cases are typical of the type of smokers who might present to a medical service or to a smokers’ clinic. Though based on evidence, there is less of a “one-size-fits all” approach in this module and interventions are tailored to the individual. As you progress through the cases you will notice that each individual has their own strategy devised for them.

Format: There are five cases in this module, each addressing a different complexity in relation to smoking cessation. Each case consists of statistics, expert feedback, multiple-choice, true/false and short answer questions to assist with your learning.

Case Studies

  1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  2. Depression
  3. Pregnant, Indigenous teenager
  4. Alcohol dependence
  5. Harm-reduction/Schizophrenia

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This project has been funded by the Department of Health under the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One which is managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is solely responsible for the content of, and views expressed in any material associated with this project.

RACP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) information

Category: Self Assessment Program, Category 3

Credits: 2 per hour

Further information on the RACP CPD program

Please note: The duration estimate for each module does not include time required for additional reading material and note taking. This is a recommended duration only, therefore it may not be an exact reflection for how long each individual would take to complete the resource.


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Course Materials

Each module consists of online reading materials, statistics and case studies. There are multiple-choice, true/false and short answer questions throughout the module to assist with your learning.

Course Content

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