Goal: Our goal is to expand the Global Bridges Tobacco Treatment Training Network in the WHO Europe region through a focus on primary health care (PHC) providers in Greece and Cyprus.
Target Population: PHC has been acknowledged as a key setting for the delivery of tobacco dependence treatment. The primary target group will be the more than 1950 certified family physicians in Greece and Cyprus, family medicine residents, PHC nurses, allied health professionals and their patients who smoke. The target for the TiTAN-Greece & Cyprus Project is to train 300 PHC providers and residents who are associated with the community-based PHC networks of the medical schools in four geographic regions in Greece (Crete, Athens, Ioannina, Thessaloniki) and Cyprus.
Methods: The TiTAN project will provide leadership and coordination for the dissemination of both a professional training program and practice tools that are tailored to support busy PHC providers with integrating evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment into their practice routines as well as increase the number of tobacco control champions working in Greece and Cyprus.
Assessment: A pre-post evaluation will be used to examine the impact on the program on: i) provider attitudes, knowledge, intentions; and ii) rates of evidence-based tobacco treatments (5As) are delivered to patients who smoke. All PHC providers will be surveyed before and after the intervention program is delivered. We will randomly select a sub-sample of providers and will survey patients from their practice before and after the intervention program in order to validate changes in 5As delivery.