A randomized clinical trial of a web-based tobacco cessation education program

Judith S. Gordon, E. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, Judy A. Andrews, Steven M. Christiansen, David J. Byron

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OBJECTIVES: We report the results of a randomized clinical trial of a 3-hour, web-based, tobacco cessation education program, the Web- Based Respiratory Education About Tobacco and Health (WeBREATHe) program, for practicing pediatric respiratory therapists (RTs), registered nurses (RNs), and nurse practitioners (NPs). METHODS: Two hundred fifteen RTs (n = 40), RNs (n = 163), and NPs (n = 12) employed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Children's Hospital, University of Colorado at Denver, participated in this study. All study activities were completed online. After consenting, participants were randomly assigned to either the training (intervention) or delayed training (control) condition. The training condition consisted of a 3-hour continuing education unit course plus ongoing online resources. Participants were assessed at baseline, 1 week, and 3 months after enrollment. RESULTS: Participants in the training condition were more likely to increase their tobacco cessation intervention behaviors than their delayed training counterparts (F[1, 213] = 32.03, P , .001). Training participants showed significantly greater levels of advise (F[1, 213] = 7.22, P , .001); assess (F[1, 213] = 19.56, P , .001); and particularly assist/arrange (F[1213] = 35.52, P , .001). In addition, training condition participants rated the program highly on measures of consumer satisfaction. CONCLUSIONS: The WeBREATHe program is the first evidence-based education program in tobacco cessation designed specifically for pediatric RTs, RNs, and NPs. Engagement in WeBREATHe increased participants' tobacco cessation-related behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e455-e462
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Cessation
  • Continuing education
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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