Secondhand Smoke Sharing

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The problem identified in the research study was healthcare professionals reported a lack of training, which was identified as the primary barrier to competently and effectively raising the issue of secondhand smoke with families. The health care professionals lacked training, knowledge, skills, and confidence required to provide caregivers practical support in reducing secondhand smoke exposure in the home (Jones & McEwen, 2015). To address the problem, an open access online training module was developed for individuals working with families who smoked, to deliver brief advice on secondhand smoke. The module was intended to test if the health care professionals’ knowledge increased as result of participating in the online training module…show more content…
The module consisted of a thirty-minute online training that was developed by clinicians and academics to assist all health-care professionals whose work involved interface with children and families, in effort to raise the issue of secondhand smoke and to promote measures taken within families to reduce exposure in homes and vehicles. A portion of the training included health care professionals attending a four hour face-to-face session as well as being trained to offer advice based on the 5A’s brief intervention framework (Jones & McEwen, 2015). The module covers key themes which include, the dangers of secondhand smoke, why this is an important topic to cover, how to ask, advise, and act, and how to encourage and support behavioral change (Jones & McEwen, 2015). According to Jones & McEwen (2015), the program was adapted from another similar evidence-based training module on delivering brief advice pertaining to smoking geared towards general practitioners, which was based on a meta-analysis of brief smoking cessation…show more content…
Despite the shortcomings of this article which lack ethical, cultural, sensitive information gathered, it still provides insight for practitioners and policy makers because it increases awareness of an issue facing a vulnerable population and it coincides with the mission of social work, seeking to meet the needs of a vulnerable population. Through research evaluation, social work practitioners seek to enhance their competency as practitioners and assess whether or not conducting additional research on this topic is feasible and an appropriate use of resources. The article posits that formal ethical approval was not required because it was deemed to be a study evaluation, even so they failed to include ethical considerations and include feedback from families who received very brief advice from SHS from HPC trained from this module. The limitations of the training module, such as the low response rate, small sample size, and the training software which is no longer used did not allow for participants to report who received the same questions at all three points, or the difficulty of the individual MCQ’s, are now identified and can be avoided if future research is conducted on this
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