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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

Must-See TV

Published January 30, 2008 9:08 AM by Sharlene George

In the wake of the glam and glitter of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, here's one more film to put on your list of "must sees."

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., but studies have shown physicians don't feel equipped to counsel patients to stop smoking. Surveys of U.S. medical schools revealed most medical schools don't require clinical training in smoking intervention techniques.

A nine-minute educational film "Tobacco Ties" is aimed at filling that gap. Gail Marion, PA, PhD, associate professor in the department of family and community medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, is the screenwriter and producer. The film is part of the medical center's comprehensive program to train medical students to improve their tobacco intervention counseling skills.

It tells the story of a working mother who was raised in a family of smokers. Now, her cigarette addiction is aggravating her asthma, and she asks her physician for advice.

OK, so it isn't high drama, but it gets the point across. Respiratory care providers are in a prime position to motivate patients to stop smoking, help them set a specific quit date, initiate pharmacotherapy, and schedule follow-up visits.

You won't end up with a coveted statuette, but you could save a life.

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