In this discussion board, I will briefly describe my proposed solution to address the suggestion/educational need and how it has changed since I first envisioned it. (P), would providing teaching about tobacco cessation (I) compared to medications to assist in tobacco cessation (C) lead to a decrease in tobacco dependency and better health outcomes (O), after four weeks of intervention date (T)? Provide tobacco cessation techniques through the help of community services to decrease potential health problems secondary to tobacco dependency. The solution to this PICOT statement is to provide all patients who are admitted into the hospital with tobacco addiction, education prior to discharge. The education we provide patients at our facility is a sheet of paper that includes: What is my main problem, what is smoking cessation, what do I need to do, and Why is it important for me to do this? Making the patient aware of the risk they are posing to their health is important. When the patient has this information, they are able to make an informed decision on the next step to receive help with tobacco cessation. The fact that education is needed in order for the patient to begin tobacco cessation has not changed. The way that education is provided has changed. Education can be provided in various ways. In our facility, patients are handed a piece of paper that is reviewed with them with the nurse at bedside. In other facilities, education is performed on the television. Patients must complete the education by discharge. “With tools and smoking cessation resources from the Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign, you can ensure your patients have the right resources to begin their quit journeys” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019, para. 1). There are many resources and paths a patient can take to quit tobacco products. It is the nurse’s job to provide the patient with a variety of resources so that the patient can decide which method will help them individually be successful with tobacco cessation. Providing the patient options with tobacco cessation has changed my perspective. Not everyone learns the same way. Some people may be visual, tactile, etc. types of learners. Knowing the patients learning style is essential before providing any education. When the patient learns in a way that they better understand, they will be more successful in their cessation journey.
Resource Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Healthcare Providers: Tools and Resources | Health Care Providers | Partners | Tips From Former Smokers | CDC. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/partners/health/index.html