Japanese Journal of Smoking Control Science
Online ISSN : 1883-3926
Volume vol.10 , Issue 06
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  • Hiromi Muta, Takashi Noda, Hiroko Ito, Hideshi Miura, Yuko Takahashi
    2016 Volume vol.10 Issue 06 Pages 1-6
    Published: 2016
    Released: June 12, 2021
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    BACKGROUND: A workshop (WS) for smoking cessation supporter, consisting of mini-lectures and training with simulated patients (SPs), has been held since 2007. In this WS, the participants practice smoking cessation support to the SPs in several cases. Initially, medical professionals who were experts in smoking cessation support played the role of the SPs. At present, however, volunteer non-medical-professional ex-smokers who have quit smoking with the support of a smoking cessation program on the Internet (Kin-en Marathon) and now support smoking cessation through this program play the role of the SPs. We compared the overall participants’ ratings of the WS between the WS in which medical professionals played the SPs (WS with medical professionals) with that in which non-medical ex-smokers played the SPs (WS with non-medicalprofessionals).
    METHODS: We analyzed the results of an anonymous questionnaire administered to the participants by the Workshop Committee of the Society of Ambulatory and General Pediatrics of Japan. Subjects of this study were participants of the annual meeting of the Society of Ambulatory and General Pediatrics of Japan in which results of questionnaire were able to obtain (WS with medical professional; 19th and 20th, and WS with nonmedical- professionals; 21st and 23rd). We selected questions that would be the most useful for evaluating the efficacy of this study, which included 1) activeness of participation, 2) achievements, 3) atmosphere of the WS, 4) enjoyment, 5) satisfaction, and 6) attitude or behavioral change. We compared the ratings of these questions between the two different types of WSs.
    RESULTS: A total of 35 subjects participated in the WS with medical professionals, and 34 participated in the WS with non-medical-professionals. There were no significant differences in participants’ types of job, experience of smoking cessation support for both adult and children, and knowledge level about the harm of the smoking between the two types of WSs. The ratings regarding the atmosphere of the WS (WS with medical professionals 4.54±0.74 vs. WS with non-medical-professionals 4.85±0.36, p=0.03) and satisfaction (WS with medical professionals 4.57 ± 0.61 vs. WS with non-medical-professionals 4.85 ± 0.36, p=0.02) were significantly higher, and the rating regarding enjoyment were non-significantly higher (WS with medical professionals 4.65±0.54 vs. WS with non-medical-professionals 4.85±0.36, p=0.08) for the WS with nonmedical- professionals than for that with medical professionals. No significant differences were found in the activeness of participation, achievements, or attitude or behavioral change between the two types of WSs.
    CONCLUSION: The WS for smoking cessation supporter in which non-medical-professional ex-smokers play the SPs provided a better atmosphere and higher satisfaction in participants than the WS where medical professionals played the SPs. Continuing and improving this WS will thus be necessary.
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