This trial has been completed.

Conditions smoking, smoking cessation
Treatment tobacco cessation online training
Sponsor Institut Català d'Oncologia
Collaborator Instituto Oncológico del Oriente Boliviano
Start date January 2015
End date December 2016
Trial size 300 participants
Trial identifier NCT02718872, FRUITFUL GB-13520139


This project is responsive to the identified gap of lack of tobacco cessation training programs in Latin American & Caribbean countries. Currently, smoking rates in the Latin American and Caribbean region are high, and previous surveys show that health professionals do not have enough skills to help smokers to quit. In consequence, in absence of trained health professionals, many smokers who visit health care services are under-treated. The Fruitful Project aims to adapt an original on-line course developed in Spain to the reality of the three Latin American countries (Bolivia, Guatemala and Paraguay) and disseminate evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions among health care professionals.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose health services research
Six hour smoking cessation online training addressed to health professionals from hospitals in 3 Latin American Countries. Participants are monitored by local coordinators that act as champions. They offer their assistance to log into the online platform, fill out the questionnaires, complete the evaluation, including other technical support. Participants' progress is monitored in real time onto the web platform. The project coordinator at ICO sends a report of the participants progress every other week to coordinators, and if necessary personal emails to motivate students to finish the course and complete the evaluations.
tobacco cessation online training
The original course has been developed in the online platform e-oncologia (http://www.e-oncologia.org/en/) based on the in-person courses offered during the last 10 years by the Tobacco Control Unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology. The theoretical framework underpinning the training program is the Stages of Change Model and the curriculum was developed with the content of numerous meta-analysis and clinical practice guidelines. We created a fully referenced curriculum online, with feedback from an expert advisory group that oriented in the instructional design to ensure the course content was palatable for an online format and aligned with the learning objectives. The final curriculum content of the "Brief Intervention for Smoking Cessation Training Program" is composed of 4 modules.

Primary Outcomes

Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of trainees
time frame: six month

Secondary Outcomes

Compliance with tobacco control policies in hospitals
time frame: one year

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Health professionals of the participating centers Exclusion Criteria: - No exclusion criteria

Additional Information

Official title Development and Dissemination of a Tobacco Cessation Training Program for Healthcare Professionals in Spanish-speaking Countries
Principal investigator Crisitna Martínez, PhD
Description Tobacco cessation training programs to treat tobacco dependence have measureable effects on patients' smoking. Tobacco consumption in low and middle income countries is increasing, but these countries usually lack measures to face the epidemic, including tobacco cessation training programs addressed to their health professionals and organizations. Based on a previous online training program for hospital workers in Spain, the Fruitful Study aims are twofold: 1. to adapt the course to the reality of 3 Spanish-speaking low and middle income countries (Bolivia, Guatemala, and Paraguay) and; 2. to evaluate the effectiveness of the program among the participant hospitals and workers. Investigators use a mixed methods design with a pre-post evaluation (quantitative approach) and in-depth interviews and focus groups (qualitative approach). The main outcomes will be: 1. participants' attitudes, knowledge and behaviors before and after the training and 2. the level of implementation of tobacco control policies within the hospitals before and after the training. The theoretical framework for this project includes Card's adapting model and Roger's diffusion of innovations model. This study will show whether it is possible to adapt an online course to the reality of developing countries. In addition, investigator will measure whether an online program will produce changes in tobacco control policies at the organizational level and increase the level of knowledge, attitudes and perception in tobacco cessation at participants' level.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2016.
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