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Interprofessional Education at QU Health organizes its annual IPE activity about Smoking Cessation | Qatar University

Interprofessional Education at QU Health organizes its annual IPE activity about Smoking Cessation

2021-12-16 00:00:00.0

The QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC) in Qatar University (QU) has organized its annual activity for this academic year (2021/2022) on Smoking Cessation.

The session was conducted recently virtually by Microsoft Teams with the participation of 204 Qatar University students and 23 facilitators attended the session.  

The learning objective of this activity was for students to learn and respect the role and responsibility of each profession. An important factor was for students to comprehend different healthcare scopes and functions. Students also communicated in a collaborative, and responsible manner and included all stakeholders in the decision-making process regarding smoking cessation, which is an essential topic for Qatar's healthcare system.

This IPE event provided the opportunity for students from public health, biomedical science, medicine, and pharmacy to develop skills in working collaboratively on smoking cessation. Students shared their knowledge about the prevalence of smoking worldwide, trends in smoking over time, its impact on health and well-being, and strategies to assist people in quitting smoking.

Students had the opportunity to work interprofessionally to understand the smoking cessation process while reflecting on the role of their professions. They implemented the "5 A's" Model for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence which is an evidenced-based smoking cessation practice that can be used by any health care professionals and implemented as part of a routine visit; to help in smoking withdrawal through a role-play with the facilitators. The 5A’s include: Ask about tobacco use; Advise to quit; Assess willingness to make a quit attempt; Assist in quit attempt and Arrange.

Dr. Lily O’Hara, the lead facilitator for the event and Associate Professor of Public Health at College of Health Sciences, said: “Students were highly engaged in the activities, and particularly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the role play, where they played the role of health professionals working together with a client to assist her to quit smoking.”