Year of Publication

2012

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Carolyn Williams

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Lorien Abroms

Committee Member

Dr. Ellen Hahn

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Tobacco Treatment in College Health

The college years are a critical time in the development of smoking behavior and tobacco use. Smoking is linked to 30% of cancer deaths, 80% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and early cardiovascular disease and death. Effective treatment interventions at this time provide an opportunity to drastically reduce premature morbidity and mortality.

This document follows the progression from the discussion of the problem to evaluation of an intervention. The first manuscript is a review of existing literature on Internet interventions with young adults, including methodology, theoretical frameworks and outcome measures for tobacco treatment to guide the development of a program in college health. The second manuscript describes the use of a guide such as Rosswurm and Larrabee’s model for evidence-based practice in the development of an innovative intervention. The third manuscript incorporates information from the first two manuscripts in the evaluation of an email-based intervention using Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists and peer coaches for the treatment of tobacco dependence in college students.

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