On March 17, 2015, the IQI hosted a workshop at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, entitled ‘Tobacco Quitlines: Optimising Reach and Effectiveness.’ The workshop was designed to increase attendees’ knowledge of and skills for operating quitlines.
The workshop began with presentations by representatives from operational quitlines from various parts of the world, followed by moderated questions and answers. The afternoon segment of the workshop focused on facilitated roundtables and had two primary objectives: 1) Provide guidance in the creation and implementation of training for quit line phone counselors; 2) Provide guidance and clinical expertise in creating treatment protocols (behavioral and pharmacological).
The workshop leveraged the two WHO quitline training manuals (Developing and improving national toll-free tobacco quit line services and Training for tobacco quit line counsellors: telephone counselling) and incorporated four small group round table sessions focused on telephone counseling and treatment protocol development, utilizing material from the TTS Training program and quitline manuals.
To read the official workshop description, click here.
PowerPoint slides and handouts from the workshop are available here.
Registered participants were encouraged to review the following resources in preparation for the workshop (click titles to download):
- Presentation: “Magnifying Impact, Saving Lives,” by Tim McAfee (43m 43s)
- Presentation: “Quitlines and Health Care Systems: Integrating Services, Achieving Goals,” by Tim McAfee (18m 59s)
- Presentation: “Treatment Review: Overview of the Evidence Base for Tobacco Dependence Treatment,” by Nancy Rigotti (41m 3s)
- WHO Training Manual: Developing and improving national toll-free tobacco quit line services
- WHO Training Package: Strengthening health systems for treating tobacco dependence in primary care – Part IV: Training for future trainers