Saturday, October 3, 2009

Changing Gears

Ok, PTSD MT intervention on the back burner, CAM Reach to the forefront. CAM Reach is part of a 10 year study of tobacco cessation and the public. I have joined a research team, at the University of Arizona, who is investigating getting the word out about tobacco education through CAM practitioners; ie MT's, Acupuncturists, and Chiropractors. We will be doing key informant interviews with 60 practitioners, here in Tucson, in a needs assessment effort. Then, based on what we learn from these interviews, we will develop a training tool for CAM practitioners about smoking and tobacco cessation. In other words, we hope to give them successful, evidence based methods of engaging smokers in a discussion around not smoking. That's as much as I know so far, and will post more later. Suffice it to say, the principle investigator on this project is a doc who recognizes the value of CAM, respects alternative practitioners, and thinks providers have failed in their attempts to educate their patients about smoking and tobacco use. She is reaching out to our industry for help in educating the public about smoking cessation. What are your thoughts about this plan?