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Director | Program
Coordinator | Dental
Assistant | Receptionist
Dentist: Program Director
- Convene office team to solicit support for the program and
to determine office plan of action... with input from all team
- Determine the program coordinator... office team decides who
would be best person.
- Establish new job responsibilities.
- Negotiate time-oriented goals for other team members.
- Counsel patients concerning oral ill-effects of tobacco use
and benefits of quitting; help patient develop a cessation
- Recommend nicotine replacement products, Zyban, or a combination
- Monitor program progress.
- Establish follow-up meetings.
- Evaluate personnel time and commitment; reassign
responsibilities if needed.
- Introduce new team members to program-related
responsibilities; delegate training to appropriate personnel, when
Dental Hygienist: Program Coordinator
- Initially, assess tobacco using patient's interest in
- Provide personalized oral health information, if
- Determine patient's motivation for quitting.
- Based on patient information, provide quit strategies.
- Inform patient of follow-up procedures.
- Record tobacco use status and counseling interactions on
patient chart and separate forms.
- Compile, update, and maintain information on community-based
quit smoking programs.
- Coordinate staff members' efforts to ensure program/practice
- Order supplies, such as pamphlets, progress cards, and tobacco
- Monitor pamphlets/forms and reorder as necessary.
- Record success information for monthly team meetings.
- Assist receptionist, as needed, making follow-up calls
concerning quit dates and progress achieved.
- Encourage patients who are going through the quitting
- Update medical history with current tobacco use status.
- Place smoking/nonsmoking sticker on chart.
- Attach tobacco history and counseling forms on chart before
- Note quit date in appointment book and separate progress
- Telephone patient just before and soon after quit date.
- Establish appropriate follow-up calls, letters, and
- Replace smoking sticker with nonsmoking sticker when success