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Smoking Cessation Curriculum Gaps May 2017
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SRNT Global Certification Program
Smoking Cessation Curriculum Gaps
May 2017


Our Global Certification Program Curriculum Review Board, made up of SRNT member researchers from 20 countries, has developed learning objectives and reviewed online resources to support a program to teach basic research skills to frontline tobacco cessation treatment and tobacco control professionals, particularly those in lower- and middle-income countries. Our group has identified 25 learning objectives related to research skills that are not addressed by existing online, free courses. Over the summer, SRNT will be developing additional course material to address these “gaps,” listed below, in our smoking cessation studies curriculum.

Tobacco Background Learning Objectives

  • Identify types of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products used by the public
  • Illustrate the role of research in advancing tobacco control and treatment practice

Scientific Journals and Literature Access Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role of literature review and how to identify information needed for intended studies
  • Understand the importance of relevant copyright and fair use regulations

Literature Synthesis and Review Learning Objectives

  • List the practical steps for developing a literature review
  • Define measures of frequency (counts, rates, ratios)
  • Interpret measures of risk/association (relative risk, risk difference, relative risk reduction, NNT, their 95% confidence intervals)
  • Explain parameters of diagnostic test performance (sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, and likelihood ratios)

Introduction to Study Design Learning Objectives

  • Develop and articulate clear, replicable description of the intervention under study
  • Describe the standard conventions for population- based and outcome assessments as well as other assessments or smoking cessation studies (such as Russel standards)
  • Recognize and understand the importance of program evaluation for the development and maintenance of evidence-based practice.
  • Differentiate among formative, process, impact and outcome evaluation

Collaboration Learning Objectives

  • Identify expertise needed
  • Identify potential collaborators
  • Recognize the importance of mutual benefit for all collaborators
  • Understand the role of mentoring in international collaboration
  • Recognize the importance of local knowledge, customs and connections
  • List approaches to finding commonalities and mutual interests
  • Understand how to recognize and work with cultural differences
  • Recognize the warning signs of common problems resulting in failed collaborations

Ethics, Safety and Adverse Learning Objectives

  • Describe the ethical principles underlying concerns about safety and adverse events
  • Develop a protocol for detection, processing and reporting adverse events

Introduction to Data Analysis Learning Objectives

  • Understand how statistical power, sample size and effect size are interrelated and appreciate how knowledge of these factors can inform study design and interpretation

Presenting to a Scientific/Clinical Audience Learning Objectives

  • Choose a valid venue to disseminate your information or research
  • Choose the appropriate level of information and format to present to your target audience.
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