The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians represents nearly 5,000 professionals in family medicine who are dedicated to educating themselves and their patients. The academy regularly creates new training programs designed to improve quality of care.
One of the newest of these, part of a larger push to curb tobacco usage in the community, is the Tobacco Cessation for the Primary Care Provider program. This curriculum was created with help from the American Academy of Pediatrics in Illinois and the Cook County Department of Public Health.
After participating, health care providers will be better able to screen for tobacco use and identify patients who may benefit from discontinuing the habit. The program's overarching goal is to ensure that nearly all patients are screened for smoke exposure, counseled on the risks of second-hand smoke, and educated on the myriad benefits of ceasing tobacco use.